First of all let me tell you... this is my second blog today. Some of you have listened to me bellyache over my internet problems but I don't really know what happened today. I had typed an ENTIRE blog uploading pictures and everything and POOF! My connection was lost. And so was my blog.
I'm not entirely sure it was my internet. My little laptop gets the hiccoughs sometimes when I upload photographs. All of my photos are in RAW format and they're large files I guess??? And I desperately need one of my tech savvy friends to help me do some external storage. I've tried. I always get the "unable to save files" message or something like that. It's really frightening. As far as I know NONE of my files are backed up. Help me.
Ok, onto the real story. I couldn't take it another weekend. It had been 3 weeks since I'd seen my kids. I admit I'm a baby. Even though I talk to my daughter every day several times a day or at least text her, and also talk to my son at least once a week, I needed to hug them. I've endured both of them not feeling well and even listened to stories about doctors visits, etc.. I'm not sure I'll get used to them being sick when they're 3 1/2 hours away from me. Throughout the last two weeks I kept asking "want me to drive down there?" "I can bring you medicine.." and was shot down every time I asked. So Friday I was a little surprised when it was mutually decided we should come stay the weekend. I'm telling you it's amazing how fast Joe and I packed and got ready! We were gone baby gone! I love living on the lake but it's sooooooooooooooooooooooo quiet in the winter. I've tried staying home as long as I can because leaving just means spending money and we are poor now that college tuition has been paid.
We got up Saturday morning and after a quick breakfast we attacked the apartment to rid it of any lingering germs. I felt so.... so... USEFUL!!!! and motherly. I asked my son "Do you want me to clean the windows?" and he just looked at me. He said "Am I supposed to say yes?"
They had a dust storm earlier in the week and everything outside was covered in red dust.
(P.S. I didn't clean them but I am definitely doing that next time.)
We decided to go eat lunch and my son suggested going to Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City. He invited his friend Holly, and Amy brought her hall mate and friend Becca. I packed my camera bag thinking I would love to get some pictures of the Riverwalk. I don't know if this is something they do every winter but it was drained! Luckily some little ducks came splashing up the puddle in the middle of the dried canal.
What is it about ducks that make you smile? They literally made splash noises as they walked through the water.
It was pitiful and cute at the same time. If you look the the 4 o'clock position behind the last duck you'll see an old shoe that was in the canal. So many questions I have.... My mind works like that. Did someone fall in? Did someone get their leg hung getting out of a boat tour and lose their shoe? Did someone get mad after bowling a terrible game at the nearby bowling alley and chuck their shoe into the water in a fit of rage? Did they walk back to their hotel four blocks away with only one shoe on? I need to know.
awwwww... so cute! We loved the duckies!
And of course while I had my camera out I had to snap a photo of these two.
This is what silliness looks like. They look like cute girls but really these two are like a comedy act. Or it might just be a parent thinking that. But really, they are funny. I love their stories about life at college. We are a lot to take when we're together and Becca just fits right in. I kept wondering if we were freaking out Evan's friend. I hope not, she's sure sweet, and thanks to my pirate daughter it was baptism by fire. (Sorry Holly!)
Sunday I got up and got out of there before the kids were up. I needed to run errands. In Grove we have Wal-Mart. In Norman they have everything.
I was like a kid in a candy shop! (see, leaving ends up costing us money)
Just 3 days earlier I was perfectly happy with little turquoise cubes. But when I saw this bench... oh my gahhhhh.. I had to have it. And the little round table, and the pillow...
... and the lamp...
...and the picture...
But look how cute it is!
I was sad to leave the college town, it's stores, and good Mexican food but my puppies are glad to be back in their little world. And I guess I am too.
Life is good!!!
I messed up yesterday's blog. Can you tell what I did? I posted a recipe but not in the New Recipes section. hmm......... I suppose I'll try to fix this at some point but not now.
I did that after my workout so I'll blame it on oxygen deprivation.
Hey! Look what I found for one of the bedrooms!
See the little cubes? I was thinking I wanted to put two ottomans in there or 2 small benches. But I found these little storage cubes on sale and thought they would compliment the room with the color. Sort of help tie everything together. I also found the little bamboo tray that's on the dresser. It was on sale too. :) I love sales.
Salmon Spread is usually one of those recipes I make around Christmas time. A couple of weeks ago one of my friends mentioned that she sure would like some it and it got me to thinking why do I consider this a Christmas snack? That's silly! I have always eaten this with crackers but she said that it's also very good on celery.
I've had this recipe so long that it calls for cans of salmon. I'm here to tell you I didn't make it but once that way. It was disgusting. From that point on I would buy a slab of smoked salmon and make this, which almost seems sacrilegious! I am ever-so-thankful that you can purchase salmon in these little packs now.
The problem is, it doesn't give you very much. So for this recipe I ended up using 3 packages of smoked salmon.
Here's what you need:
2 boxes of cream cheese
3 3 oz. packages of smoked salmon
1/2 lemon, juiced (or 2 Tablespoons)
1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
2 teaspoons of prepared horseradish
I like to mix the cream cheese and all of the ingredients except for the salmon to ensure it is all mixed well, then add the salmon last.
This is good when you make it but it really is better if you let it sit for a few hours or overnight.
Be sure to seal it up and refrigerate! You may have visitors come to check out what smells so good!
The intention behind this blog was to inspire. Here in the middle of winter it's hard to envision spring. In just a few short weeks the world is going to come alive and my plan is to get the jump on it. But after I uploaded my photos I realized this isn't inspiring at all. It's depressing!
SEEE????? I'm now typing in gray to emphasize the stark cold gray world. These bunnies are sad. What I meant to show you was that I'd planted bulbs in my bunny planters.
Way to go Trish! If someone out there has the winter blues this is likely to send them right on over the edge!
Quick I'll sing... I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend....
(not helping? Ok I'll stop)
Inspirational blogging might not be my thing!
I am trying to muddle through these cold days and keep hope alive that spring is just a few short weeks away.
I've found that my guest bedroom has the best light and my plants are thriving in here. I've got my little carnivorous plants growing. Nothing says happy like carnivorous plants! Right?
Every year I try to plant seeds and do transplants. It never works but at least I feel like I'm doing something to work towards my spring garden.
Do you have luck with seeds? Or do you even bother? Or maybe some of you are in denial like me???
Ok, I'll just stop this little inspirational blog before someone gets hurt!
Speaking of hurt........
At least things are better than last year, right?!!!!!!!!
It was wonderful to have both bedrooms done for when the kids came home over break. It was wonderful mostly because they got to put their clothes up and I didn't have to do it! hee hee.
Evan's room was really much easier to put together than Amy's. We got really lucky and found furniture we liked right here in our little town! Of all things! It was pretty, it was not too manly or too feminine and was just the right price!
We also knew that we wanted to put my dad's old desk in his room. This was my dad's desk in his office when I was little and before that it belonged to my mother's father. It weights about 5 thousand tons. haha I'd like to find a better chair to go with it- right now I am using the one that had formerly been at the little computer nook in the kitchen. I'm thinking maybe a blue metal chair that will go with his "Cowboy" theme he has going.
And of course he got new window treatments as well! It was handy having him home to help hang those!
Now, what to do for my next project????
So... it's finally coming together. Amy's little eclectic room. I'm loving it. Nothing matches. That was intentional.
So, here's one view!!!
We made a BIG step and hung pictures on the walls. This has been a "thing" with me for a while. I didn't want to hang pictures until everything was in place.
The view as you walk into the room! The window treatments are new as well. We had a little bit of a hard time with that. The first panels we picked out were from different dye lots and didn't match. I picked out a "sagey" blue I liked but the lady that helped me told me there was a dye lot issue with that color as well, so we went with safe chocolate brown panels. Again... it maches nothing. :) I'm ok with that. This is new for me... an exercise in anti-o.c.d.
There are a couple of things we still need to work on. The wall space above the headboard. I'm trying to decide what would look good there. I'm thinking about maybe doing a collage of photographs that I've taken. ?? Or maybe one giant gallery print. ?? Anyone?
The other thing is what to do to the left of the window in that corner. ?? Desk? Cabinet? shelves? Still up in the air about that.
I would also love to take the ceiling fan out of the room (I'm not big on ceiling fans) and put in a more decorative light fixture. I've got an idea.. Maybe going in the modern direction. ???
You can see how this has taken a while.
But for sure the little kid room is now an adult room! :)
I think I've moved every end table in this house into Amy's room to try to make something work in there.
This one was too big...
This one was too wobbly....
This one was too small...
And then I found this little guy! The paint on the top actually matched the color of the dresser!
Then the search for a lamp was on...
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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