Friday, November 28, 2008


FACT....given the opportunity, a Mastif/Lab can devour an entire freshly baked pumpkin pie (or at least 3/4 of it) without whipped topping......and will have no guilt feelings afterwards!
That's all I have to I'm off to the store to buy more canned pumpkin!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


......from GOOSE, DUCK,
and ME!
Have a wonderful day, yinz guys......

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Look closely....

Okay, picture this....I walk downstairs very early this morning only to find this black thing on my newly painted livingroom walls. (the above is not MY picture by the way....I really didn't think to take out my camera at 7:15 am in the morning, but this is the best and closest pic I could find) Three dogs are prancing around and the above is not moving...mmmm...what could this be? Thoughts: Eros the mastif has done the ultimate in slinging slim except this looks like dog poop....a large moth maybe? Well, I get the dogs out then decide to wake up my son and DIL. Of course the wonderful DIL comes down to brave the thing on my wall whilst the son says, "give me a few minutes." THERE IS SOMETHING ALIEN ON MY WALL AND HE WANTS ME TO GIVE HIM A FEW MINUTES!!!!!!?????
Okay, so my DIL and I venture back downstairs to look at this thing (approx 3-4 inches in length by the way). Her thoughts: Slug...a very very big slug???? (get the salt...a lot of salt)
Then we came to the conclusion that it was....yep....A BAT!!!! Three dogs jumping around the livingroom and this bat didn't budge! Dead or sleeping...not to mention, how the heck did it get in the house without anyone noticing....including the ever-observant, ever-curious dogs?????
Finally my son ventures downstairs and we tell him this is his big opportunity to show his manhood! WRONG!!! To make a long story short and after many attempts with all three of us climbing a ladder to get near enough to it to trap it under a bucket (only to climb back down saying, "you do it!" about comedy)....I finally got brave and trapped it under the bucket while my son slid cardboard underneath so it was trapped and could be safely released...which he did by tossing the bucket into the neighbor's yard so it could fly out and away....which it did safely for all you bat fans.
We all then went into the kitchen and talked about who was braver while they helped me get the crockpot on for Pizza Soup for tonight's dinner. Not to mention we have no idea how it got in the fireplace and it wasn't there when we went to bed. The kids then went back to bed...I got ready and went to work. Needless to say, it was another exciting morning in the 'burgh! I only wish the bat could have waited one more day till Sweetie Man was home! Till next time.....yinz crazy bats!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two crazy stitchers....

Well, Kathie sent me pics of our visit at Barnes and Noble on Saturday....the one where we planned on stitching for a couple of hours but ended up talking instead. This first one is your classic, "take a picture of yourself holding the camera out in front of you!" I personally love these kind and I think it turned out well...

The second, Kathie asked her daughter Lizzie to take it....pretty good pic too I think!
I'm hoping we can meet up again....and maybe this time actually stitch a bit.

Kathie also tagged me to share 6 random things about myself! So here goes....
The rules are as follows:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Write six random things about yourself.

4. Tag six people at the end of your post.

5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.

1. I love spiders. I rescue stranded spiders. I talk to spiders. I've considered having a pet trantuala. Enough said on that subject.

2. I hate to drive...anywhere! I don't consider myself a good driver and I get confused easily on the road. I am a very very courteous driver. (unlike some people I drive with and you know who you are!) I have never driven more than 1 1/2 hours in the driver's seat....I actually get sleepy driving so I just don't do it for very long......20 minute trips tops.

3. I'm high maintenance emotionally.....I need attention! I could live in a tent wearing a sack but if my husband takes care of my emotional needs, (phone calls, I love you's, hugs..etc...)I'll be happy as a lark.

4. Sweetie Man and I met online about 9 years ago (just got married this past April as you know) when there was probably only one chat room on the internet.....and before the onset of predators. I actually didn't want to chat with him as (1) I thought he was too intelligent and I just wanted to goof around in the various rooms with people and (2) he lived too close to state away. I wanted to talk with people on the other side of the world. But things happen for a reason....and I have no doubt in my mind that he and I were meant to be...true soulmates.

5. I love to laugh...I love to make others laugh.....people say they can hear me coming by my laugh! I think I have a quick sense of humor as does Sweetie Man...we laugh all the time...I'm talking good hardy laughs.

6. I'm a "redder-upper" (Pittsburgh term)....there can be dust everywhere, but I want everything in it's place...or at least where no one will see it. (don't look in my closets, tho!)

Now it's your turn, mmmm, let's see, whom shall I tag.....

You're IT, yinz crazy guys.....!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WOW.... it just me or am I posting more than usual???? And what's up witht he Coca Cola sign? Well, I found a couple of sites that I just had to share. First, I'll tell you the reason. I love to bake but I HATE to cook...okay, let's just say I have a fear of cooking. I actually had a melt down in the car on Sunday cause I couldn't cook. (I was on my bluetooth with Sweetie Man so he had to endure the fallout!). Anyway, then I got home and found out that the Broccoli Cheese Crockpot soup I made, separated...could be why they said to stir it the last hour which I didn't (I took a nap instead). Needless to say, cooking is not one of my specialties and I must admit I am jealous of those of whom (or is that "who"...neither is grammer) it is easy.
To make a long story short, I made Ham BBQ sandwiches doing the Cola and Ketchup thing and in the search for the correct amounts came upon this website 15 Uncommon Uses for Coca Cola which by the way includes the BBQ sauce (1 cup ketchup/1 cup cola). Sorta makes you wonder what the heck we are drinking and eating that can also be used to remove rust????

Okay, next site is a double doozy...I love this one sent to me by Kathie, (who I met by the way in person last Saturday along with her daughter....great creative lady!)...anyway, it's a blog about a lady, by the name of Stephanie, who vowed to use her crockpot everyday in 2008 and post the recipes.
A Year of CrockPotting. There are even pictures for people like me who don't know what certain ingredients look like and reviews from her family on the results. I LOVE THIS SITE!!!
It is like "crockpot cooking for dummies"! Today she made candles in the crockpot....don't eat them tho! How cool is that! Thank you again, Kathie, for this terrific site.
Okay, with that, I'm off to dust the crockpots and start cooking....till next time, yinz crazy guys!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Say it AIN'T so, Joe!!!!!!

Saw this over at Anna's Blog and just had to take it.....who'd a thunk!!!! I'm sleepin' with one eye open from now on....

Is your cat plotting to kill you?

Till next time yinz crazy guys......(meow) WHAT WAS THAT???

Friday, November 14, 2008

More progress....

You will never hear me complain about having my son and DIL living with us while they are finishing up sireee!!! Not when I have this to show for it....

That's right...they were at work again putting flooring down in my livingroom and diningroom! How awesome is this....

Aside from all the stuff that is piled around due to painting and moving and cleaning, they have done a tremendous job! This last pic is a little funky and it looks like the door and wall are really dirty...I think it was the light and camera angle. Just focus on the floor......

So this weekend, is painting a little more and cleaning and throwing out (aka redding up), etc.... By the holidays we should have a half decent home till the Spring when we start on the office and a couple more bedrooms! For a house that is over 80 years old...I don't think it looks too bad! Till next time, yinz crazy guys....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beautiful exchanges...

This is the first time I've done an exchange with the SBEBB group and tho I cannot show you a pic of what I sent (one, because the receiver hasn't received it yet and two, because the pic I took was crazy bad) but I can show you the lovely scissor fob I received from Carol....

The stitching is perfect and so tiny. Thank you, Carol.
Next is a great Halloween pinkeep exchange with my Yahoo Group. This one from Dawn. The fabric is sooooo it. Check out the little froggie she included.

I messed up my pic of the pinkeep I sent. I'm so bummed. Cathy, the recipient, took a much better pic on her blog, so hop on over and see what is really looks like.

I've been promising you pics of the 7 hour stitch marathon I went to a few weeks ago. So much much stuff to many freebies...and a great lunch. No wonder there is a waiting list. It was blast.

Can you believe the stash of books and patterns that were on sale???? 1/2 price!!!!!

Okay....I know Halloween is over, but I just had to include a couple pics of the crazy people I live with. My son was a gangster and Sweetie Man insisted on sitting outside to greet the 12 halloweeners we had that visited us. This was the first time in many years that we had a city-wide trick or treat night (mostly it was done by neighborhoods) which is the reason for the low turn out. My DIL is the one who did his makeup....I insisted he remove it before going to bed tho...UGH!

So with that, I want to give a big salute and thank you to all our Veteran's today, (especially my Sweetie Man) both living and those in heaven....thank you for protecting our are all awesome! Till next time, yinz crazy guys....

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


This my Great Nephew, Owen!!! I could be being a bit one-sided here...but I think he is the most adorable little cutie pie I ever saw!!!! He turned 1 year old on election day! I just got a hold of these pics as he lives about 8 hours from me but by the little videos and such I have seen, it seems he enjoyed playing and throwing the cake much more than eating it!!!
Technology is we were able to watch this little guy grow up right before our eyes through the magic of the internet!
Owen, may you have many more bright and beautiful and healthy years to come.....and may that beautiful smile and spirit of yours touch many more people as it has touched us!!
We love you!!!!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Two simple words....


Politics means there'll be a lot of talking
But, citizen, there's just no room for squawking
'Cause whatever floats your boat
If you don't take time to vote
You can whine, you can complain
'Til you drive the world insane
But no words can justify
Or provide a reason why
You let go of Freedom's mallet
If you didn't cast your ballot
Parties left and parties right
Down the middle, out of sight
Watch your gas gauge, guard your health
God forbid you count on wealth
When your budget's in the red
And you lie awake in bed
If you feel the urge to blame
Lest you call them out by name
You can leave it all to fate
Or go vote – 'fore it's too late

(Written by my very own Sweetie Man.....Please vote, yinz guys!!!!)