Monday, May 25, 2009

Hope you have been able to relax this Memorial Day weekend and just enjoy the moments. Look at this pic of my cat sleeping in his favorite red chair. I had thought about selling this chair in our garage sale next weekend, but it kinda makes me feel like a bad person taking away a cat's favorite chair.

We have had a wonderful weekend, the weather has been sunny and warm, and done just what we wanted. Generally, I work on long weekends if we are not out of town. It is a time when working people have time to look for a home.
Luckily, Dave & I have got to enjoy the weekend hangin out together, going to the art show in the Paseo Art District in Oklahoma City on Saturday, working in the yard on Sunday and using today to do more catch up work around the house.
I am adding some more photos of some of my favorite things from the weekend...this is one of our birdhouses that you can hear the baby birds chirping inside when you walk by and the other photo is our new piece of yard art form the Garden Deva of Tulsa, Okahoma. Check out her other work, She has an incredible story about a single Mom quitting her full time job and starting this company. Quite a talented gal.

Here they are....

Friday, May 22, 2009


These two young ladies are growing so very fast every day. How blessed I am to have such beautiful and healthy grandchildren. Its about time for a road trip to make a visit.
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Its been a crazy week around here...showing houses late every night or else going to be present at an inspection, etc. Tonight I stayed up late helping a friend make invitations to a rehearsal dinner for her son's wedding. We both love doing this kind of thing so we split up what each person would do and in hopes to have everything in the mail tomorrow. I would say we both work well under pressure. I finshed up and feel they look pretty good.
Now its late and I sit here at my desk thinking I should go to bed with another long day ahead of me...but I see ALL this clutter all over this desk and it makes me want to clean. I read this article about detaching yourself from stuff and it said one of the major reasons people hold on to stuff is the emotional attachment they assign to an object. I think I will work on some of these emotional attachments and toss them away and clean this place up over the long weekend.

I am sooooo looking forward to going to Oklahoma City on Saturday to the Paseo Art Show. This show is held every Memorial Weekend in the historic Paseo Art District. From classic to cutting edge, some of the best work in the arts will be going on . There's a festive aura of anticipation as art-lovers, music-lovers, people-watchers and gaggles of families stroll through the Paseo in the charming cultural tradition of Spain.

I hope you get to enjoy your weekend with those you love and the things you love to do.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Its a Beautiful Windy Day!

This is one of Dave's latest kites he purchased. It is so beautiful flying in the sky. If your ever in the neighborhood, you will see one of his own designs or one like this in the sky. The birds are back and he chases them with his fighter kites as they circle to come back for a second look. They are never quite sure what it is and their curiosity gets the best of them as they fly back by. The fighter kites allow you to dictate their direction. Its fun the watch Dave circle the kite around the birds or turn around and follow them. Most are curious and will stop to check it out. Others just get the heck out of Dodge!
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Those of you dropping by and seeing a huge differnce in the page, please be patient. Took a class today on designing your own blog graphics and trying some new stuff....Hopefully, some new and fun stuff will come along with this.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

In preparation for the wedding shower that I am helping with this weekend, I had been searching for a recipe for a breakfast casserole that I made several times throughout the years. Well, I kept finding recipes that I hadn't made in a long time and found myself pulling out all the recipes I wanted to make them all! Wait a minute.....none of these are on Weight Watchers. I have got to get serious- back on it and lose a few more pounds. But, I am going to make this wonderful pound cake first. I am going to share this with you and it is super with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Put this one in your recipe book
A perfect pound cake~

6 eggs
1 cup cold unsalted butter
(8oz.) cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1 8-oz. pkg. cold cream cheese, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 tsp. pure vanilla
3 cups sifted cake flour

Let eggs stand at room temperature about 30 minutes or until they are room temperature (no more than 2 hours). Generously butter and lightly flour two loaf pans or one 10-inch tube pan. Using large bowl of heavy-duty stand mixer with paddle attachment beat cold butter about 2 minutes on low speed, occasionally raising to moderately high speed for 2 seconds to dislodge butter from paddle.
Add cream cheese. Beat on low speed 3 minutes with occasional short bursts on high speed to dislodge mixture from paddle. Beat butter and cream cheese mixture until waxy and well-blended. Still mixing on low, add the sugar in a slow continuous stream. (This should take 1 1/2 to 2 minutes). Add salt. Continue creaming butter and cream cheese mixture for 5 minutes, scraping sides and bottom of bowl once halfway through. Increase speed to medium; continue mixing 2 minutes more, scarping once.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating 20 to 30 seconds after each addition or just until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next egg. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl after first three eggs. Beat in vanilla with the last egg.
Gradually add about 2 1/2 cups of the flour on low speed, mixing until just blended. Turn off mixer. Fold in remaining flour by hand with a rubber spatula, just until combined.
Turn batter into prepared pans. Shake pan gently to distribute batter. Drop filled pan from a height of about 6 inches onto kitchen counter to dislodge any large air pockets.
Place on center rack of cold oven. Turn oven setting to 300. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours without opening oven door for the first 1 hour and 15 minutes. Test for doneness by carefully inserting a cake tester in center of cake.
Transfer to cooling rack. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
Bake 1 hour 45 minutes for tube pan.

Makes 2 Loaves or one 10-inch tube cake.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Upside Down Tomato Planter

We went to buy us one of those upside down tomato planters and everyone was sold out. I got online and found the diy project for making your own. It was alot cheaper. Go to the dollar store and buy a hanging planter, cut a hole in the bottom and plant your tomato plant. That is basil we planted in the top.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

The past does not define you, the present does. —Jillian Michaels

If you can find a little window each day to do something for yourself -- and who doesn't have 10 minutes? -- whether it's doing yoga, meditating, or fixing a nutritious lunch, you'll feel a difference that will make you want to pry another 10 minutes from your schedule. And then another. You see where we're going.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Canton Flea Market

Lead me not into temptation:
I can find the way myself. -Rita Mae Brown

Went to 1st Monday Trade Days in Canton, Tx. We went with our good friends and shared the adventure. If you have never been to Canton and you love shopping for great deals...this is the place to go. You can find anything you are looking for...seriously. We have been many times before and everytime we find a new place thats our new favorite booth. Sometimes, its a focus on stuff for decor for the house, this time they had tons of great clothes with great prices, and then there is the real flea market stuff with everyone selling everything you can imagine from junk to nice antiques. Thousands go and they were there this weekend. I found this chandelier that was made of twigs I wish I would have bought. I went back and looked twice, wished I would have gotten it...I looked on the internet tonight and see nothing like it. Especially for the price he was offering. Here is a pic of one on the internet, not just like that one but close.