Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sex in the City

Sex in the City : The Movie.............................LOVED IT!!!
It was like spending 2 hours with old friends. was really good!!!

The Garden

My Mother in Law just called .......We have Growth!! Almost everything in the Garden has little sprouts!

She said that she was down at the Garden on Thursday Night and there was nothing. So between then and now.....We have Sprouts!

What I am watching

Sex in the City : The Movie
I am going to see this today. I was a big fan of the series and can't wait to catch up with the Girls!
With my Hubs out of town with the boys, I thought I would go see it. There would be NO way I could drag him to see this chick flick!
So your asking...."What did you do with yourself on Friday night?Did you go out drinking and dancing?" Hell No!! I am too old for all that stuff. I stayed home and had a Beauty Night. I gave my self a pedicure and a facial, listened to some nice music and relaxed. Nothing exciting but it was fun.
We had some really bad storms roll thru last night. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Wind and Hail. So I was restless for a couple hours while they were coming thru but I did sleep in a little later.
Have a great Weekend!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hubs is leaving me

Relax........It is only for a couple days!!

He competes in shooting matches and there is one this weekend in Kentucky. He and the Guys will be leaving Friday afternoon and returning late Saturday.

What shall I do with myself while he is gone?!?!?!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

What I am reading

The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12 by Robin Gold

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Love In The Later Years


One night, after the couple had retired for the night, the woman became aware that her husband was touching her in a most unusual manner.

He started by running his hand across her shoulders and the small of her back. He ran his hand over her breasts, touching them very lightly. Then, he proceeded to run his hand gently down her side, sliding his hand over her stomach, and then down the other side to a point below her waist. He continued on, gently feeling her hips, first one side and the other. His hand ran further down the outside of her thighs. His gentle stroking then started up the inside of her left thigh, stopped and then returned to do the same to her right thigh.

By this time the woman was becoming aroused and she squirmed a little to better position herself. The man stopped abruptly and rolled over to his side of the bed. ' Why are you stopping'? she whispered.

He whispered back ' I found the remote'.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What's for Dinner

Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep Time:10 min
Total Time:20 min
Makes:4 servings, 1-3/4 cups each
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced
3 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables
1/2 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2 Tbsp. honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice

COOK chicken in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 5 min., stirring occasionally.

ADD vegetables, dressing, honey, garlic and ginger.

COOK and stir an additional 5 min. or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are heated through. Serve with rice.
This is YUMMY!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Garden Gear

I was at Target today and was looking in the Garden Section. I could not resist these items!!

A Garden Bonnet with detachable Visor
Matching Gloves

To complete the Ensemble, I got a pair of Sloggers Garden Clogs

By Sloggers Garden Outfitters

Blog of the Week

Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, viable urban homesteading project established to promote a simpler and more fulfilling lifestyle and reduce one family's "footprint" on the earth's dwindling resources.

Since the mid 1980s, members of the Dervaes family have steadily worked at transforming their ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California, into an organic permaculture garden supplying them with food all year round.

It is the family’s hope and desire to live by example as they strive to become earth stewards on a journey towards a sustainable world.

Path to Freedom strives to be a true, working homestead model not just a showcase. Projects that the Dervaes family have undertaken in the past and plan to accomplish in the future are self funded with the earnings of their produce business and savings.

Monday, May 26, 2008

What I am reading

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Planting Day 2008

Me and Sue
Me and my Mother in Law on Planting Day 2008 at the McGatha Garden Co Op.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

What's for Dinner

Quick & Easy Pork Chop Skillet

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time:29 min
Makes:4 servings

4 bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.), 3/4 inch thick
1 tsp. oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1/4 cup KRAFT Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduced Fat Dressing, divided
1 can (15-1/4 oz.) pear halves in juice, undrained

COOK chops in oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Remove chops from skillet; set aside.

ADD onions, garlic, rosemary and 2 Tbsp. of the dressing; stir. Cook 3 min., stirring occasionally. Return chops to skillet. Add pears and remaining 2 Tbsp. dressing. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 10 min. or until chops are cooked through (160ºF).

SERVE chops topped with the sauce.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
Serving Suggestion: Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed green beans.
Substitute: Prepare as directed, using KRAFT Light Red Wine Vinaigrette Reduced Fat Dressing.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Paperback Swap

I thought you might be interested in this site I found,

I joined and I am so glad I did. It's an online book swapping club for book lovers all over the country. If you want to find out more, just click the link below and it takes you to an interactive demo that explains how things work.

If you do join the club, please put my email in the referral section because then I get another free book!

Hope to see you at PBS soon!


Thursday, May 22, 2008

What I am reading

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Grandma's Personal Care Kit

Grandma’s Personal Care Kit

My Mom’s Mother died about a year ago. While the family was going through her things, I found a box of several plastic containers with miscellaneous items in them. Upon closer inspection, I saw a piece of paper that said

Personal Care Kit: This Kit was assembled specially for you to use it at any time. For daily or occasional use.

Paper Clip: To keep things together when they seem to be slipping out of control

Rubber Band: To remind you that you can always bounce back because there is always someone to offer a hug when you need it

Tissue: To wipe away a tear. Yours or someone else’s

Eraser: To erase any misunderstandings that is troubling you

Band Aid: To remind you of healing

Candle: To light your way

Candy Bar: To remind you that you are really sweet

Meditation: For an uplifting thought

Lifesaver: To remind you of how important you are to those around you

Scripture Verse: To share God’s word of love
There were enough of the Personal Care Kits for everyone that was there that day.

I believe my Grandmother knew she would be leaving us soon and wanted to give us something that would comfort us when she was gone.

And indeed they have been a comfort. One Aunt keeps it in her desk to pull out when she is having a hard day. I keep my Kit by a picture of me and my Grandmother. Wherever they are kept, the Kits are a nice way to remember Grandma and to feel her love even though she is no longer with us.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

How my Garden grows.......

I was inspired by Robbyn at and Ilex at and decided to start a Container Garden. I got interested in growing my own food last year and have been reading up on the subject. I was a little hesitate to do it but thought what the heck.......... all I can do is try.

Borrowing an idea from Robbyn, I planted in 5 gallon buckets. I planted 2 kinds of Tomatos, Red Peppers, Green Peppers, Onions and Lettuce.
After I got my Garden planted, I got an e-mail from my Mother in Law. She is going to try some raised bed Gardening. She has got a little bit more room than I do. So what I didn't plant ... she will.
We will be eating some great food this summer. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Blog of the Week

Blog of the Week:

Post Secret at

Post Secret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. Some of the Secrets are sad, Some of them are funny and all of them are interesting.

What's your Secret?

Hubs at the Range

Cool action shot of the Hubs out at the Range.
(Ilex....did you notice the Detroit D!!)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fruit for Lunch

The Hubs is taking a Tactical Rifle Class for work. He will be out at a Firing Range for 3 Days. Because the Range is out in the middle of nowhere, he has to pack his lunch and drinks while in class.
Following is a conversation we had about what to pack:

Hubs: I want to get Bologna and American Cheese for my Sandwiches.

Me: Honey...American Cheese is so processed! Why don't we get you some Turkey and some nice Swiss Cheese?

Hubs: No....I want Bologna and American Cheese.

Me: OK........ But how about we get you some fruit to take with you instead of a bunch of Hostess Snack Cakes?

Hubs: I was thinking Hostess Fruit Pies. There is fruit in that isn't there?

Me: I give up....................

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Beekman 1802

I am reading my Martha Stewart Living Magazine. I always enjoy reading the articles and looking at the pretty pictures.

A new column in Martha Stewart Living is the "Doctor/Patient" column by Dr. Brent Ridge, He helped Martha create the Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, a new facility for the management of chronic health conditions and for the promotion of healthy aging.

Dr. Ridge and his partner, author Josh Kilmer-Purcell, have a farm in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where they devote time to what they call a "shared experiment in seasonal living." The farm features a large mansion that was built in 1802 that was fully restored by its previous owner. It is now home to an heirloom vegetable garden and organic soap-making operation.

Visit his site and tour the estate, read organic farming and enjoy the natural sites:

Wegerzyn Gardens

Water Drops on Blue Pansy

Pretty Tulip

Pretty Blooms.....not sure what they are

Water Drops on a Hosta Leaf

Another Tulip

Friday, May 16, 2008

And the Winner is................

And the Winner is...................................
Katrina is the winner of the book How to Make Money with Your Blog: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Building, Optimizing, and Monetizing Your Blog

Drop me an e-mail with your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail!

Thanks to all that entered!

Swamp Forest - Wegerzyn Gardens

More Pics from my Photo Field Trip to Wegerzyn Gardens:

Swamp Forest Boardwalk

Swamp Forest

Reflections in the Swamp Water

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Last Day

Time is running out to enter MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

The book featured in this Giveaway is: How to Make Money with Your Blog: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Building, Optimizing, and Monetizing Your Blog
By Duane Forrester and Gavin Powell

To enter just leave a comment on this post or the orginal Post!
A winner will be picked on May 16th at 8:00 AM

So pass the word to all your friends...... I'm having a Book Giveaway!!!!

Your chances are good for this far there are only 3 entries.

Photo Field Trip- Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Photo Field Trip
May 13, 2008

Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Park

Stroll through formal gardens and the delightful Children’s Discovery Garden. Every season has something special to offer. Home gardeners will find a wealth of design ideas, wonderful plants, and cultivation techniques suitable for the Miami Valley. Also walk the Marie Aull Nature Trail and Swamp Forest Boardwalk and discover the scenic Stillwater River corridor.

The Wegerzyn Horticultural Center was founded in 1973 as the result of a generous gift by Mr. Benjamin Wegerzyn and the dedicated work of area garden clubs. The Wegerzyn Center and Wegerzyn Gardens are now a part of Five Rivers MetroParks and are dedicated to providing the people of the Miami Valley with learning experiences in gardening, horticulture, the environment, and urban land stewardship of the River Corridor.

If you would like more information on this or any of the Five River MetroParks,
Click the Link

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Organic Milk

I am still trying to get the Hubs to eat better. It's a challenge but I keep trying.
I decided I would try some Organic Milk. I bulked at the price a little bit but it's better for me so it's worth it ....right?!?!?!

Conversation with the Hubs:

Hubs: What's with the Milk?

Me: What do you mean?

Hubs: It's a different container and it says Organic Milk.

Me: I know..... I thought we would try some. It is better for you. Remember.... we are trying to eat better?

Hubs: What does organic mean?

Me: It just means that the Cows are not feed anything they normally wouldn't eat and they don't get injected with hormones. They are free to roam in pastures and they eat grass.

Hubs: I don't want it.

Me: Would you just, Please, try it? The only difference is the Cows eat grass..... I swear!

He begrudgingly pours a small glass of milk..... and slowly takes a drink. (Mind you the whole while he is acting like I am making him drink battery acid)

Me: Well.... what do you think?

Hubs: I think I can taste the grass!!

Why do I even try????????????

Friday, May 9, 2008

Room with a View

View of the Detroit Skyline from Comerica Park.

Book Giveaway

My first Book Giveaway!!!

The book featured in this Giveaway is:

How to Make Money with Your Blog: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Building, Optimizing, and Monetizing Your Blog

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A winner will be picked on May 16th at 8:00.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tigers vs Red Sox

Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox
May 6 2008
Matt and I are Tigers Fans. Bob (Matt's Best Friend) is a Boston Red Sox Fan.
We thought it would be fun to go watch them play each other in Detroit.
So we went drove up to Detroit (a 3 hour Drive), watched the Game and drove back all in one day. It was a long day but a fun day.
The Red Sox beat the Tigers but we still love Bob anyway!
All though we did threaten to have him walk back to Ohio!

Matt and Bob with Mickey


Matt and Bob.

This is the first stop on Bob and Matt's Great Adventure.

When they retire, they plan on doing a Road Trip to see a Ball Game in all the

Great American Ball Parks.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Just a quick note

Just wanted to let everyone know about my Day. The Garage Sale was a success! We made almost $150.00!!!

But now the bad news...... I came in for break to check on the Dogs and noticed Jack was acting weird. I bent down to pick him up and he yipped! I was checking him over to see what was wrong.
When I got to his hind quarters I noted an anal gland about to erupt!! I called the vet and was able to get him right in. I told Matt he was going to have to man the sale and I would be back when I could.

Meanwhile on the ride there.......the anal gland did erupt!!! My goodness did it stink!! (is this TMI?!?!?) I got him there and the Vet said that Jack would have to stay the day and get minor surgery on the area to lance and irrigate the wound. So I left my Baby Boy there to get all fixed up.

Then I come back home finish out the garage sale. Doing the happy dance because we actually made some money. Then closed up shop and packed things all up for AmVets to pick up. By this time I am TIRED and my Back is KILLING me!!!

Then the Doctor called and said he was working on Jack and noted that he needed his teeth cleaned. Some were infected and impacted and needed to be removed! So I gave him the go ahead to do it all. (He ended up having 4 teeth removed!!)

He called a few hour later to let us know that my Baby was ready to be picked up. So I got there and picked him up and went to pay the bill. It was $250.00!! What the *#%!...............

So I came home and told Matt about the bill. He said "So we had the garage sale to pay for Jack's ass."

Well.................true...............I guess we did.

P.S.- Jack is home and resting comfortably.

P.S.S. - I am TIRED and my Back is KILLING Me!!!!

Pretty in Pink

Pretty Pink Flower in my Just because Bouquet

Busy, Busy, Busy

Matt and I are going to just a tad busy in the next few days. Of Course.....the big Garage Sale and packing it all back up for AmVets.

Then we got word that Matt's Grandma has passed away after a long illness. This is his Step Mom's Mom. So we will be picking up his Sister at the Airport tonight. She will be staying with us until Tuesday so she can attend their Grandma's Funeral. Matt wants to have a Cook Out for his Dad and Sister while they are here. The Visitation Sunday and the Funeral Monday and of course.... we are going to a Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday.

I am tired and my back is killing me now so I can only imagine what I will be like by Wednesday.

Can't talk........must a Garage Sale to run in a few hours...........Talk to you soon...................................


Friday, May 2, 2008

Getting ready

We are getting ready for the big Garage Sale. We are bringing all the stuff up from the basement and staging it in the Garage.

I will get up early and start the set up on Saturday morning. Matt will get home from work (have I mentioned he works the Midnight shift?) and stay up to help me for a few hours. Then I will be on my own in the afternoon. Not sure how this is going to workout as far as bathroom breaks and my daily PT but we will figure it out!!

I hope we make lots of money!!!!! Proceeds will be going into Trip to Texas Fund. We will be driving to Texas to spend Thanksgiving with his Dad this year.

What's for Dinner

This Recipe is a Barber Favorite. Super Fast and Super Yummy.

Cheesy Meatball Subs

Prep Time:5 min
Total Time:15 min
Makes:4 servings, one sandwich each

1 cup spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
12 oz. (3/4 of 1-lb. pkg.) frozen cooked meatballs
4 crusty sandwich buns, split
3/4 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

COMBINE spaghetti sauce, water, Parmesan cheese and meatballs in large skillet. Bring to boil on medium-high heat.
REDUCE heat to medium; simmer 8 min. or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.
SPOON into buns; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Macro Daisy

Macro shot of a pretty Daisy in my bouquet

Product I can't wait to try

I can't wait to try this product. I love the whole beer and citrus thing. (i.e. Corona and Lime and Blue Moon and Orange).

P.S. Don't get the idea that I am a big drinker. I probably have one beer a month!

Has anyone tried it yet?