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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mid-winter Break

Wow! What a great mid-winter break we had. A few days in South Haven and a few days with Kim, Wendy and the grandkids and we are all relaxed and satisfied.

In South Haven we chilled out, ate out (we ate 3 times at Clementines) and saw a movie (Wolfman).

In Illinois, we ate (GOOD FOOD!), played with Emily and Erik and shopped. On our way to Wendy's we stopped at Stein Mart and Kirklands in Orland Park. Lots of goodies there, but I guess we weren't ready to buy anything. That Orland Park is a treasure trove of shopping, though. I don't think there is any store missing from that area. Wow! You could shop for days and days and then some.

On Thursday we went to Family Fun Night at Emily's school. There we ate lots of popcorn, played bingo and visited with some of the moms and dads. Wendy and Brad both won raffle prizes!!!! Woo Hoo!
On Friday, we all (the Josephson's, Bedolla's, and Jess) went out to eat at Louie's. Yum is all I can say about that!
Saturday was devoted to basketball, shopping and more good food. Now you know why we are so relaxed and satisfied. Wendy cooked an excellent meal. Kim made a wonderful quiche and banana/blueberry pancakes for us for our breakfasts and made umpteen pots of coffee. Thanks Kim and Manny, Wendy and Brad for your wonderful hospitality.

Here are some pictures of Erik (#21) playing basketball, the snowman that Grandpa, Emily and Erik made and Erik having some fun with a pair of "rainbow-vision" glasses Grandpa brought to play with.

One very sad note to add - On Saturday, Kim and Manny lost two of their beloved pets. Gunner, their dog and Chula the cat. Such a sad, sad day for Kim and Manny, way too much sadness for one day. Gunner had to be put to sleep after being sick for almost a year and Chula died of old age. We will all miss Gunner and Chula. They were both part of our family.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Not just for Christmas

I am sooooooo excited!!!!! I just found out that a Christmas Tree Shops store has opened in Taylor, Michigan. What, you say???? She's lost it now. But wait...let me tell you about the Christmas Tree Shops. We went to our first one in Massachusetts last year on our way back from Maine. It was right across the street from our motel. When we asked at the front desk about shopping in the area (love to shop on vacation!) the girl behind the desk said "you'll want to have a trailer for all the stuff you find at the Christmas Tree Shops". Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get over there. All kinds of stuff you "need" at the Christmas Tree Shops and the prices are amazing. If I can talk Dick into it, we are going tonight! There are two in Michigan, one in Utica and one in Taylor. There is also one in Mishawaka, IN. That's the closest one to Chicago. Their website is http://www.christmastreeshops.com/.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Master Bedroom makeover

The master bedroom is finished. Last week I hung the curtains. I followed The Nester's advice for a "no-sew window mis-treatment". http://www.thenester.com/2008/01/window-mistreatment-101-red-checks-style.html. Those shears used to be a long scarf draped over curtain tie-backs. I simply cut the scarves in half and hung the halves up with the rings.

The new color of the room is a light camel color. Not sure it comes across real well in the photo.

You can see the way the room used to look by going to the virtual tour that we had when the house was for sale. There's a huge difference!

I'm not planning on doing too much more to this room. I'm leaving the accessories and wall art minimal so there's not too much clutter for when we decide to put the house up for sale again. I want to redo the bedding, but haven't picked anything out yet.
Today is "President's Day Madness" at Michael's so I'm off to there to see what I can find and then to Hillers for something for dinner. So the menu today is a surprise!
Sorry about the first post with nothing but a title. I fat fingered something....

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentines Wreaths

Here are pictures of a couple of Valentines wreaths I made and hung on my front and side door. I think they are cute. They were pretty easy, although I tried a few variations before I got just the one I wanted. The first one came from http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2009/02/little-valentine-project.html

The second one came from http://infarrantlycreative.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-make-beaded-wreath.html

I get so much inspiration from these blogs. I read them every day. You can see the list of the blogs I read along the right side. You'll see the name of the blog, when it was last updated, and the title of the update. Click on the title and you'll go directly to the blog.

One of the main reasons why I created my own blog was so that I could have the blogs I read organized this way. I've tried feed readers and favorites in Internet Explorer, but neither gave me the convenience of this method. Now I can quickly scan my blogs for just the updated items that might interest me. Try it, maybe you'll find something you like too!

Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 1 of my blog. My intention at this point is to only broadcast this blog to my family. I'll share what's going on in my life for whatever it is worth.

What's on the menu for today:
Apple Walnut Bundt cake - loved it the first time I made it. Since I still have apples in the fridge (in green bags - love them!) that we picked in the fall, I'll make this again.

Easy 7 Grain Bread - in the bread machine. Off the box of Arrowhead Mills cereal.

Salmon Cassarole - like tuna cassarole, but with Salmon.

The weather outside:
Snowing...hard at present.

On my todo list:
Finish putting up the master bedroom curtains.
Work on Wendy's b'day present. Can't say what it is because she may read this;-)

Season One of The 4400. It's pretty good right now, let's see if it can stay good. I've got season two reserved at the Library.

Trying to read "The Childrens Book" by A. S. Byatt. It's supposed to be "compulsively readable" and "spellbinding" but I haven't gotten to that point yet.

Best go now or nothing will get done today.