Sunday, September 28, 2008

PhotoHunt of the Week: View


I just discovered this weekly blogging meme, and since photography is one of my many hobbies, I thought I'd join right in. It's actually supposed to be posted on Saturday, but I didn't find it until today, so this week I'm posting a day late. This may not be the only week that I post a day late, either. Who knows, some weeks I may post a couple of days late. The blogging sheriffs may have to come shut me down or fine me or whatever happens when we don't follow the meme rules. Hey, I'm trying here, ok? It's all good - really.

So, this meme has a theme every week, and the theme this week is view. The photo I'm posting is the view through the window of my breakfast nook. Did you ever wonder why it's called a nook? Anyway, I was watching the cats - there is a tiny bit of black just below the birdbath - circling each other, while the hummingbirds seemed to be oblivious. I grabbed my camera and shot a couple of pics. I caught this hummer (red arrow) in flight. I knew if I'd stepped outside, everyone would have scampered. But it came out pretty well considering that it was taken through a window and a screen.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Somebody Loves My Blog :D

I'm speechless - ok, almost speechless - anyone who knows me knows it takes a LOT to make me speechless, like cutting out my tongue or taping my mouth shut with packing tape. Ok, I digress. I am truly thrilled to have been given this award from The Altered Gypsy. Thank you, thank you (curtsying).
Now, I need to follow the rules:
  1. The winner (that would be me -grin) may place the logo on his/her blog. [Done]

  2. Link to the person who gave you the award: The Altered Gypsy

  3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. I chose the blogs listed below from the blogs that I read regularly, and that either make me laugh or inspire me in some way.

  4. Link to those blogs

So, I love your blogs, y'all!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Everybody Needs a Pal

This cute little bunny's name is Pal. She was lovingly knitted by my bestest friend, Rea, who recently opened her very own Etsy shop, Wool and Wood. Go, Rea! Her shop sells her knit and felted items, as well as some interesting wooden boxes and clocks made by her husband and brother.

Rea's daughter has been friends with my son, MJ, since elementary school, which means that Rea and I have been friends that long, too. When she was little, Rea's daughter had a bunny Pal that helped her when she needed some extra loving and support. Now, Rea is making these bunny Pals to help others who might need a little extra loving. I bought this one, but there's another one still available, and I believe there are more on the way. Rea also knits beautiful purses like this one with the hand-appliqued Celtic knot. Is this not gorgeous??

She also has the cutest little gift bags! I have seen these in person and they are sooooooooooo soft! You owe it to yourself to check these out!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Will Never Forget

I took this picture when I was in New York in 2004. It had been three years, and still there was a hush in the middle of this huge bustling city.

A couple of months ago, I visited the Newseum in Washington, DC - a fascinating history of journalism. I was surprised to find myself moved to tears by the incredible 9/11 display. Seven years later, but it was still as raw as though it had just happened. I was not alone in my grief either - others were tearing up right along with me.
Take a moment to remember by watching this video tribute here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Quilling is More Fun When You Do it With a Friend

When I first started to quill, I didn't know anyone else who quilled. I didn't know anyone else who even knew what I was talking about, for Pete's sake! "Quilling? What is that? Rolled paper? Why do you want to do that? Are you going to smoke it? You aren't? Then why are you rolling it up?"


Finally, I found the Quillers group on Yahoo. There were others out there that liked to play with paper like me! This group was such a helpful resource. I could get answers to my questions, find out where to get supplies. I learned so much from these other quillers. Then I found the North American Quilling Guild (NAQG). These quillers also proved to be a valuable resource.

One Saturday, a few of the quillers in North Carolina met in Burlington. They taught me so much in those few short hours that I just couldn't get from a book! One of them taught me how to make roses. I'd been trying and trying to make them, using the directions in a couple of books. But, having someone demonstrate it in front of you is so totally different. I was finally able to make a rose! yippee!
Maybe you've been looking for someone to quill with, or someone to show you how to make a rose, or how to husk, or ... If so, stop by Denise's site, Custom Quilling Supplies. She has a good list of Quilling Friends. Maybe you'll see someone in your area that you can get together with and have a playdate. If you aren't on Denise's list, send her an email and ask her to include you. It's so much more fun to quill when you do it with a friend. (I'm not on her payroll, but I do like her site).

Friday, September 5, 2008

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My 23 year old son, MJ, is heading off to Atlanta today. Since the end of July, he and all of his stuff have been staying at our house. I'm talking everything, not just his clothes - furniture, lots of furniture! It's been really great having HIM home, and I'm not ready to wave goodbye yet again, but I'll be so, so glad to see the extra furniture depart.

Earlier in the week, I asked if he had any special requests for me to cook. Without even taking a minute to think, he said, "Oh yeah, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!" I was thinking more along the lines of favorite meals before he left, but cookies works for me.

Here's my recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have no idea where this recipe came from. It's written on a smudged 3x5 index card that I've had forever.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
2 cups quick oatmeal
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Cream butter and sugars in large mixing bowl.
Add eggs.
Mix in other ingredients.
Make small balls, or drop by teaspoonful.
Bake at 375°F for 6 to 8 minutes.
Cool slightly (2 minutes) before removing from pan.

Go make some cookies! I'm off to Atlanta to help my big guy settle in. Hope the storm stays away so we can fly home.
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