Monday, December 20, 2010

winter solstice~

tomorrow will be the beginning of winter solstice... julie always takes me out to dinner on that has become tradition that we do not like to miss...this is when we usually exchange our
our gifts..tomorrow we will be dining at clarmont restaurant . one of our cities finest dining has been around for 60years and is fabulous..julie has never been there so it will be really nice to be with her on her first visit..well i hope that i can stay awake long enough to enjoy dinner tomorrow as i will be trying to stay up for the total lunar eclipse tonight
then work tomorrow....
below is a picture i took after work in our parking lot...
it is really a beautiful winter scene..

Saturday, December 04, 2010

sugar rush~

julies making homemade marshmallows again....
thanks sandy for the recipe... Martha's Homemade Marshmallows

2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract*

Confectioners' sugar (for dusting)

Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Let it stand 30 minutes.Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup of water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals.Clip on a candy thermometer; raise heat to high. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244 degrees

( or until : firm-ball stage).

Immediately remove pan from heat.With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate.Generously dust an 8 x 12-inch glass baking pan with confectioners' sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar; let stand overnight, uncovered, to dry out.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

all you need~

love love love
love love love
love love love There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sungNothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
it's easy
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time - It's easy.
all you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love
love love is all your need, love is all you need, love is all you need

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving~

wishing you and yours a wonderful warm thanksgiving!
we have much to be thankful for in this beautiful country of ours...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

sunday drive~

today we went on a drive that took us
in cincinnati
3cartloads later, dinner at maggianos and a stop at daughters
to see the little man
after that we called it quits and drove home..
i think the best ikea deal of the day was a cartload of textiles
(curtains, sheets,blankets couch covers, etc)
for $25.oo..
the cart was jammed full and we made out like a bandit!!
besides the other things we purchased..
ikea is a great find in ohio!

and maggianos is delicious italian food...mmmmmm

such a good day all around..........

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

im back~

i can believe i havent been here for a month and i apologize...
im lazy
i would rather sleep
entertain that sweet baby with my singing(lol)...
anyway, here a few things that i have worked on
since our last meeting....below design courtesy of sharon andrews...and the below picture is why i need a double stroller
can you stand it!! lol..
there is even room for a starbucks on the handle
and room for my handbag below!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

happy wednesday~

if this youtube doesnt get you up and out of your seat
and smiling
dont know what will.....
now get footloose~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

a new piece~

something i have been working on the past few days......

Sunday, August 08, 2010

sad beauty~

blog surfing tonight i found this totally amazing place called kingston lounge
and you all knew i would have to stop and take a look with a name like kingston....
there are some powerful, beautiful, sad and mesmerizing photos taken by
richard nickel, jr.......
the pictures just blew me away...i emailed him immediately
to ask if i could post about him and show some of his beautiful pictures and he
graciously told me yes..
the below photos are just a smidge of his talent...
please go immediately and see his majic....

Sunday, August 01, 2010

red knitted hat~

is this the most darling face you have seen in awhile?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

flying solo~

leaving tomorrow and driving solo to make my annual pilgrimage to QVC for the annual
kirks folly
live show..
packing my pink cotton candy wig and my mermaid crown that i just
finished adding final touches to...the qvc live show is on thursday from 11 to 12 and i will there
in all my glory..
the shows theme this year is "mermaid magic-oceans of fantasy" so if you are not doing anything check it out.....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

not your ordinary day~

my day started off normal, clock in do not pass go and precede directly to starbucks for morning espresso shots by your favorite midday we had a break in the action and i asked my boss if she could measure my eyes as it had been a while and i have been noticing some changes in the right eye and i had i a new frame i wanted to get new lenses long story short she says, you need to see the retinal specialist as you have fluid behind your retina ! and i say what? silently freaking out!
so she makes the appointment stat, i go and thank goodness my cousin works there, and more long story short after getting dye injected into my arm that goes to my eyes and pictures are taken, the doctor tells me that i have abnormal blood vessels growing behind my retina leaking fluid and close to the optic nerve as he is showing me the pictures and the treatment is getting injections(needle in the eye) with a chemo drug 3times at 6week intervals....and i say still in shock f*uck! and he would like to do it as soon as possible and my cousin says today? and he said yes and i say f*ck!!

so here i am getting numbing drops and other gobbity gook put in my eye, before they can stick the needle in my eye loaded with the chemo drug and as added excitement for afterwards the dye that was injected in my arm makes your pee this very bright yellow! so all in all it was a pretty exciting day!!! so you will have to wait another 6weeks before we can do this all over again!!!

needless to say i am so glad i work for my eye doctor as i would had blown this getting my eyes examined longer.........

and i did have 2glasses of prosecco tonight, i thought i was deserving of that!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

monday supper~

here at good manor we eat our fair share of mexican food!!
it is one of our favorites
and today i came across
this recipe on the internet for something new and
julie made it all come together, it was quick, simple and delicious!!
check it out!!
Nonfat cooking spray
1 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons bottled sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)
1 cup salsa
4 6-ounce corn tortillas
(or we used flour tortillas)
1/2 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey jack cheese
1/2 avocado, seeded, peeled, and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
Mash the beans; stir in jalapeno peppers, if desired. In a skillet cook and stir the beans over medium heat for 2 minutes; set aside.
Spoon 1/4 cup of the salsa into bottom of the pie plate. Layer in order, 1 tortilla, half of the warm beans, another tortilla, the corn, half of the cheese, 1/4 cup more salsa, the third tortilla, remaining beans, remaining tortilla, and salsa. Cover with foil. Bake 12 minutes. (Or, cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap; micro-cook on high power for 4 minutes, giving a half-turn once.) Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3 minutes more (or micro-cook 30 seconds more). Sprinkle with avocado and cilantro. Makes 4 main-dish servings

Friday, July 09, 2010

strange one~

do you love this doll??
she is a strange one and creepy and those eyes!!
i love her!
she is a creation of beth robinson....
i want them all!!
my bff ellen -
who never updates her but does update on facebook,
hooked me up with her..good call ellen! and sitting in dollys lap are some
darling charlotte earrings made by
my bff kecia
for me ....
they sit on a darling little yellow table picked up at the ocean rove flea market in new jersey for 15bucks....

Thursday, July 08, 2010

red marbles anyone~

i received this story from a gal in one of my yahoo groups.
i think it is poignant and i will always think of this story
when i see any marble again....
I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas..

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Larry, how are you today?'

'H'lo , Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Larry. How's your Ma?'

'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'

'Good. Anything I can help you with?'

'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'

'Would you like to take some home ?' asked Mr.. Miller.

'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it' said Miller..

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home ?' the store owner asked.

'Not zackley but almost..'

'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'.. Mr. Miller told the boy.

'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store..'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr... Miller had died.

They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts....all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her, and moved on to the casket..

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about colour or size.....they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.'

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.... Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.....

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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i will remind you all....xox

Monday, June 28, 2010


it is amazing how easy it is to say that the things we see on the news or read in the paper will never happen to us or family...well it can ....everyone blames themselves, there is much soul searching and crying and praying and asking for prayers, so i am asking for you to please
put us in your prayers or prayer groups and send good thoughts and strength our way...
thank you


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

i decided to take on the 100 strangers project..
i am fascinated by people and what they do and howthey live their lives.....
so while i was in new jersey with kecia we both took pictures of strangers and doggie strangers( really though there isnt any dog that i would call a stranger)........
i have really enjoyed talking the pictures and talking to the strangers who are now friends!
they were all cool with having their pictures taken except for 3 little old ladies sitiing at the bar at pete and eldas ~a fabulous pizza joint..this is phillip a darling irishman selling his wares at one of the flea markets.
he is one hell of a story teller that was for sure!
it was so hot and humid, sheesh just thinking about it makes me hot...
this tough guy's name is nick
i was admiring his tattoo sleev e and asked if i could take a picture of his arm
as the tattoo was kinda creepy and he said hey look at this one if you want creepy
and damn if he wasnt right
the "it" clown from stephen kings book scared the crap out of me.. when i was
reading that book when it first came out it would sit on my nightstand
and i was afraid to touch it to read it...

now here is pat (another irishman),lol cooking up the ever famous pork roll ..i had never heard of this stuff but man oh man it is HEAVEN!! on a a soft bun with cheese..Yummy! and i had my fair share that weekend at least 3times and one that was packed in my lunch for the trip home....

i hope we can find it here in ohio...

hope you enjoy my first 3 of 100 strangers!

Friday, June 11, 2010

spf~glimpse of work..

here i am at work wearing my favorite sunglasses of the moment!
the are from paris and the brand is face a face..
i actually have 2pairs from this line and when they come in
the pairs i bought didnt even make it to our shelves, lol..
i love my job and i have the luxury of being able to have the coolest frames!
and it isnt bad having starbucks just 2doors down.....

and this rainbow was waiting for me when i come out of CVS tonight...

now off for some ice cream ...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


last night julie and i went to jenis ice cream for some delicious creamy confection...
look at the spoon, its a tiny shovel!!!!! lol
i got the "one night in bangkok", it is Thai Chili ice ream which is Complex flavors of hot, salty, savory, and sweet melt with a kick of spice that mixture is covered with heated saltly caramel sauce, spanish nuts , chopped banana and whipped cream and a dark cherry!!! HEAVEN!!!!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

in love with~

have you all heard of Industrial-Chic? well run dont walk to your
nearest Michaels....susan-lenart-kazmer now has her own line exclusively
at Michaels...the charms and findings and the bits and bobs are her designs made
for us to take home and make our own designs..i am obsessed and will have every charm made as you can see i have a good collection started....i have taken a couple of classes from her
at artfest and susan is one great super charged teacher, super high energy and lots of hands on....
so get and get over to Michaels and check her new line out!!!
the possibilities are endless...