Thursday, March 19, 2009

Just Contemplative

It is cold today and even snowed this morning, but we are slated to get warmer weather again on the weekend. I can’t help but think the animals and insects know more than we do…early sightings of robins and even a butterfly! so I am hoping that spring will come on time this year.

I needed to relax and just let my mind have a break yesterday, so I finally worked on a scrapbook page using a baby picture of me and my mom. Such a great kit this is.

Mom & Me
Shabby Babies kit from Shabby Miss Jenn Designs

I see that Barak Obama’s teleprompter has its own blog now. And this photo on the Drudge report certainly does not inspire confidence in me. I can’t believe that he is going to preempt American Idol again next week. I mean as if anyone is going to forget, tune in to Idol, and then continue to watch? It’s like fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I will never ever ever understand why some people think/thought he is such a good speaker. If I hear one more long drawn out aaaannnndddd from him I think I will scream. I miss George Bush so bad.


Jack and I made one of our favorites for supper last night, Super Swiss Ham Buns. I’ll post the recipe next. Thumbs-up

Natasha Richardson

I’ve been so sad about Natasha Richardson. Sad I just loved her in Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan. It always grieves me so to know how her family must be grieving now.

Super Swiss Ham Buns

12 buns (or less if large buns are used)

Mix well and spread on both sides of bun:
1/2 cup of softened butter
1 tablespoon finally chopped onion
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon mustard

Add a slice or two of ham to the bun and a slice of Swiss cheese.  Wrap sandwich in aluminum foil.  Bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes.

For the buns, I like petite Kaiser rolls, and we place sliced onions on top of the ham and cheese instead of adding minced to the butter.

Love these!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring Is Good Medicine

We enjoyed, thoroughly enjoyed, the first two of hopefully several days of spring-like weather.  Jack and I took a short walk this afternoon down the country road, past the neighbor’s dairy farm and back, and stood and talked to him on the road for awhile.  While we were gone, the kids saw a robin.  That is early for us here so we are hoping for an early spring.  Our hopes will be dashed I am sure, but one never knows!

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning online, doing away with some blogs.  Secondhand Links was a compilation of fun links I would come across and tips and computer and Blogger how-tos.  Those posts are now imported into this blog.  I also imported the posts from my Nature Journal. You can find them by looking in the categories under Nature or various other categories.  Also, before I started this homemaking blog, I had a small, personal blog.  I decided to move all of those past posts into this blog as well. So, now, aside from my graphics site which has been woefully neglected these many months, this is my only blog. DancingHonestly, if you know me well or have followed my blog over the years, you know that consolidation is practically my middle name.  I always seem to be consolidating. Wink It is a good feeling.  I’m going to have to do something about the length of my category list and there might be some overlapping of posts.  I might have posted the same photos and info on both my personal blog and my nature journal at one time, but really, does anyone care? LOL Also, links for recipes might be all mixed up.  If I can, I’ll go through and re-route them.

Well, I am in the process of moving some things around in my bedroom, maybe even this computer, so I’d better get back to it. not one care

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where Oh Where Has That Little . . .

Pam gone, oh where, oh where, can she be?  Wink Hello there.  It’s been a long time.  I think I am dangerously close to not blogging anymore. Surprised Seasons of life and things like that, you know.  If any of you girls has been away from blogging for any length of time, you know how hard it is to pick up again and resume blogging.  You just get so out of practice, and it is certainly not effortless anymore.  Also, I just think it can’t be any fun to check a blog and never find a new post.

But, I don’t have any plans either way, and I did want to pop in and catch up with you a little.  This winter has been very hard in a lot of ways.  I get so frustrated with myself for allowing life to feel so oppressive sometimes.  I will be so glad when it is spring!

I spent a couple of weeks, almost from morning til night, editing Molly’s second book.  That completed, we want to read through it one more time before she submits it to a new publisher.  Then she’ll wait to find out if they will accept it.  She made a book trailer to promote the first book, The Pirate Daughter’s Promise.  Thought you might like to see it!

I think it is just so wonderful.  I have so loved going over this second book, Every Tear, which touched me deeply.  It is always so fun to follow characters into a second book.  Molly hadn’t planned to write more than three for this series, just a trilogy, but she did end up writing a fourth book and finished that just recently.  So I just pray that there will be interest in this second book so she can continue, and so others will get to read what I have and be able to follow these characters.

I think I am on the cusp of making a good decision.  I jumped quite enthusiastically into digital scrapbooking.  Haven’t loved doing something that much in years.  Yet, it wasn’t but a short time that I jumped from scrapbooking into learning the design of scrapbooking kits.  I guess that’s just me, the way I do things.  I renewed my domain, I spent time figuring out a Zen Cart, spent money on tools, and happily so for they are fun!  So fun.  The things you can do and make. It’s unbelievable, and addicting.  But you know, even though I LOVE color and love to work with color, I don’t have that natural thing that so many designers have, that ability to just naturally come up with a theme.  I don’t draw so there wouldn’t be original stuff in my kits…just me perhaps artfully arranging and putting together things others have provided for commercial use.  So.  I think I will just walk away.  Even though I was pretty excited about the kit, but I just think of all the time I could spend reading or writing, for instance, instead of working on kits.  It’s hard, but I think if I am conflicted over it, my heart is not all in.

I do want to begin reading again, regularly.  I used to be such a reader. I recently watched Bleak House so I thought I would love to try reading some Dickens.  And, having been working with Molly on her books and watching her enthusiasm, I miss writing.  I would love to begin working on my book again.

I’ve also been Facebooking.  For me, it is a way to keep in touch with my family which is very scattered geographically.  Last week, Jack took his last week of vacation from last year.  Instead of getting the things done we’d planned, LOL we played four-way games of Scrabble with my mom and dad.  Oh, such fun!  We had such fun chats going during the games.  You can’t beat that. 

So, there are some thoughts and a bit of what I’ve been doing lately. smile