Friday, November 30, 2007

Day #334 - Oh. My. Goodness!!

And I do mean goodness! Saw this recipe for spiced shrimp over at The Pioneer Woman Cooks today and just had to try it. Trust me when I tell you, it's totally delicious and lives up to all the kudos it got. And soooo easy too.

Of course, anything this good has to be full of calories, and it is - lots of butter - but so worth it... unless you have it every day! ;)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Day #333 - Paybacks are hell...

Us moms often end up having to eat our words, especially if we're fortunate enough to have fun-loving, wise-arse kids. Back when mine was just a young'un, we used to have a running joke at Christmas time and I would always tease him with that old cliche of "if you don't behave, Santa's going to bring you a lump of coal." One year, after he was older and had a family of his own, we were at his home for the holiday. Don't you know that brat had managed to find this tin with 3 lumps of coal to gleefully give his dear ol' mom for Christmas!! It was a hoot! :D

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Day #332 - Beastie beauty...

My two most favorite beastie grooming tools are the "cootie" comb and scissor-style nail clippers. I've had the comb forever - bought it for my first Siamese cat over 30 years ago and probably paid all of 50 cents for it, if that. Now you can't hardly find the darn things! I've never had to use it for its intended purpose of head lice/nits but it's the best fur comb out there - much better than the specialty pet combs.

The scissor clippers are a lot less traumatic to use - for them... and me!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Day #330 - Stamp Quartet...

This year's non-traditional Christmas stamps - a cozy, colorful holiday knit theme.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Day #329 - Deck the halls...

... or in this case, windows. Got a good start on the outdoor decorations for Christmas and the four front windows are done. For once, the weather cooperated and it wasn't the coldest day of the year like it usually is. Hopefully it'll hold until we're finished.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Day #328 - Leaf picker...

Christy wanted to show her friends how pretty fall is in MD so she picked a bagful of leaves to take along on her trip home today. They don't get all these colors in her part of SC... probably has something to do with all those pine trees they have! ;)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Day #327 - New Do...

Christy with her new haircut - she feels better now! (This one's for you, Cindy!) :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Day #326 - Big Bird...

We enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with the traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings...

but couldn't resist this shot of the golden leaf carpet that's covering our and surrounding lawns after strong winds went through and helped empty the trees.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Day #325 - Crazy legs...

Christy making a fashion statement while chit-chatting with a friend...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Day #324 - A study in red...

Got all artsy-fartsy today with a few cranberries and rose petals...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Day #323 - Bargain shopping...

I bought several colors of this particular sweater last year and was real pleased with the quality - I like Sag Harbor anyway. When I saw that Kohl's online had them on sale again a couple of weeks ago, I snatched up a couple more ($30 sweaters for $12.99 each!) They're soooo soft - they almost feel like cashmere - and versatile too. Looks good alone or under a blouse, jacket, or vest.

I just loves me a good bargain!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Day #322 - I shoulda watched a movie...

*sigh* I don't know why I watch this stupid game!

Jason Campbell getting ready to throw an interception.
Redskins lose to Dallas (again!) 23 - 28.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Day #321 - Abracadabra!!

As if by magic, an exact duplicate of the smashed vase! Except for the pretty red stones and floating berries, even the flower arrangement is almost identical. Gotta love thoughtful husbands!!

Needless to say, a certain cat, who shall remain nameless, has not been allowed anywhere near the mantle! We shall see if said cat loses one of his nine ...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Day #320 - On my street... and in my yard...

The trees and leaves are looking especially pretty in my neighborhood now and I couldn't resist taking more fall photos on such a crisp, clear day.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Day #319 - 1st POTUS

I saw someone do this on Flickr and thought it made for a cool picture, so tried it myself. Really looks cool when you click for the enlarged version. Gotta love macro!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Day #318 - Fortune teller...

Guess what we had for dinner??

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day #317 - These little piggies...

Tonight was pamper my tootsies night. They got a sorely needed Swedish file treatment, footbath scrub, nail clip, and lots of lotion. Then I treated them to a paraffin bath and finished up by slathering on more soothing foot cream. Soft as a baby's butt!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Day #316 - Beastie Boy...

I've really been struggling to come up with photos this month and this one was totally uninspired and effortless. The beastie decided my cluttered desk was where he was going to lay his head, so I turned on the light and took a so-so picture of said head.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Day #315 - Raking 'em in...

Getting a little raking done before the football game interrupts ... ;)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Day #314 - Where'd my life go??

Jeez, talk about time flying by!! I've just applied for social security benefits this week and I gotta tell you, it's a mind-bender! How'd I get this old this quick?? lol

Friday, November 9, 2007

Day #313 - Food drive...

Tomorrow is pick-up day by our local troop for the annual food drive sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. We always enjoy shopping for this one... it's a good thing. :)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Day#312 - Carry out...

Didn't feel much like cooking tonight so we picked up some Panera's french onion soup and smoked turkey panini on the way home from a doctor's appointment. Really hit the spot and warmed my bones on our first cold-enough-for-a-coat day.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Day #311 - Limited view...

This has been my view for most of today. I had an especially nasty attack of vertigo last night and have spent the day tucked nice and warm in my chair dozing, watching a little TV and staying off of the computer. It seems to make me feel woozy. Hoping to feel more like myself tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Day #310 - Memory block...

Another sweet memory I came across today. It's been tucked away in the drawer for safekeeping while all the renovating was going on.

My granddaughter and her mommy (Hi Cindy!) lived with us for 9 months when she was a baby while my AF son went to tech school. Then they moved to California. After they left, I found one of her forgotten blocks and dissolved into a puddle of tears because I missed her so. I thought the "U" (you), meaning her, was very symbolic and I've kept it on my desk all these years as a precious keepsake. It can still pull at my heartstrings every once and awhile. *sniff* They grow up so fast...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Day #309 - Feeling the heat...

You know it's a slow day when all I can come up with for a picture is a space heater! *sigh*

Now that the weather is turning chilly, I've acquired a new best friend in this little treasure I found at Target. It has variable heat settings ranging from 60-80 degrees and two speeds. I usually have it on low 60-65 and it puts out more than enough heat to keep me comfy. It's uber quiet and
the front changes color so you know it's heating. Oh, and it also oscillates. Great little heater - I am pleased.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Day #308 - Biscuit King...

I'll be the first to admit it - my husband makes waaay better biscuits than me and I take full advantage of the fact. Early on in our togetherness, he introduced me to toasted biscuits for Sunday breakfast and I've been hooked ever since. So, periodically, he bakes up a batch of biscuits which we then freeze. Then we can enjoy a toasted biscuit or two whenever we want instead of having to rely on leftovers. One of life's little pleasures. :)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Day #307 - Deer danger?

This was the weirdest thing. A whole bunch of deer ran out of the woods, across the field, and then just stopped! The whole story is on my regular blog - Lil Bits of Me.

Lew, being the cool dude that he is, ran upstairs and got my camera for me. I'm always impressed with the zoom on my camera; where they were standing is about 1/4 mile from the house - the photo was taken with the zoom all the way out.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Day #306 - Let there be light...

Well, it fits into its contemporary setting, and it'll be nicely functional with the two individual light arms, but I have to admit, our new floor lamp for the family room is a little strange-looking!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Day #305 - Tree treat...

The colors of the willow oak and maple in our front yard looked so pretty this evening as the sunlight hit them from the west.