Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bottom line....
Drinking and Driving DON'T mix!!!
I thought that everyone knew that!!! Apparently someone didn't think that it applied to them.
Because....This is what I woke up to last night at about 12:30 a.m.
I had just gotten home probably 10-15 minutes before this happened. My Army Strong son had come home and we had just gotten home from visiting my Air Force son in the hospital - he'd had surgery - that's another story, believe me!
My head hadn't been on the pillow more than about 5 minutes when I heard - well, I wasn't sure what I had heard.
Son, I said, what was that?! No response. I wish I had had a weapon at that point because I was just tired enough to think "Was that a gunshot? OMG, someone is in my house and they got to my son first!" Well, I had no weapon, so I just went running into my son's bedroom which faces the street. He runs passed me yelling, they just took out the mailbox!!
He grabs my car keys and takes off! Then, I get worried! When we came home last night there was a house two blocks over that was obviously having a party. And I thought, what if the driver went back to the party, my son stops and confronts the driver and then they gang up on my son! So, I grab the closest thing which was a shovel (LOL!!) throw it in his car and take off so that I can rescue my Army Strong son (LOL even louder!!) I had just started down the street when my son passes me followed by the vehicle that hit our mailbox.
It was obvious to me that she had been drinking! My son was politely getting her insurance info and I think to myself - maybe, I should call the police. I was afraid that she would try and drive herself home and she was having trouble standing up at that point! Well, the bottom line, 5 police cars, handcuffs, a DUI, a tow truck - because her car was undriveable, there was radiator fluid everywhere, and an angry husband who had had to wake up their 2 year old daughter later......
The police said that she rounded this corner, there were no skid marks so she didn't even try and brake, she hit the curb and then my poor mailbox!
This is her vehicle and the damage to her can see where the radiator fluid was pouring out!
A Toyota Highlander.
So, finally at 2:30 a.m. I made it back to bed!
Now, I wonder how hard building a mailbox is?!!?
Make no mistake...I am truly grateful that everyone walked away alive and well!
That's how my weekend started!
And yours?!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

happy fall y'all Pictures, Images and Photos

First day of Autumn official starts in Oklahoma at 4:18 p.m. today!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guess where I am going to be on October 29th?
Here, I'll give you a hint...
That's right. The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, is going to be in Oklahoma City for a book signing and I'm going! Stacey and Chery are you up for a little road trip!?!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My son had drill this week-end and so I thought that I would have dinner ready for him when he got home. He hasn't had homemade spaghetti since he's been home from basic training and that's what he wanted. I also thought that I would surprise him with homemade rolls.
I just love this recipe!
And, typically when I make this recipe, I take half of the dough and make dinner rolls and the other half I make homemade cinnamon rolls!
OMG! They were so good! Just take a look!
Needless to say, my son just loved them!
Here's the recipe for Never Fail Rolls:
1 cup milk
2 packages yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup melted and co0led shortening
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
Melted butter
Heat milk to lukewarm (110 degrees). Add yeast and let stand for 5 minutes.
Add salt, shortening, sugar and eggs and mix well.
Stir in flour, a bit at a time. The dough will be soft.
Set in a warm place, lightly covered, and let rise until doubled in size.
Shape as desired.
Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This week for Vintage Thingies Thursday I thought that I would pay a tribute to our hostess Coloradolady and her love of bears! These four pieces are a part of my Royal Copley collection. The black and white pieces are rare and are always of more value. Isn't he cute with his little sucker! I just love their little faces!
And this little guy....
Now, I just have to share what I found at my favorite store - TJ Maxx - last night! So....obviously they are not vintage, but they look vintage!
Are they not just to cute! I fell in love with them immediately! And won't they just be even cuter with Fall M&M's in one and maybe candy corn in the other?!?
Well, this week my contribution was short and I hope sweet!'
Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to go by and visit Coloradolady for more lovely vintage thingies!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spinach Dip!

So....yesterday at work, we had a luncheon for someones birthday and one of the girls brought Spinach Dip. After I took the very first bite, I just knew that I had to have the recipe. Here's what's in it....
The recipe is super easy!
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 pkg. McCormick Spinach Dip
1 15 oz. jar Tostitos Spinach Dip
1 can artichokes -optional
1 can water chestnuts-optional

Top with extra Parmesan and Mozarella Cheese.
You can serve this hot or cold.
Now I haven't tried putting this under the broiler and eating it hot - but, I'm sure that melted cheese would be wonderful!
Open Wide.....
OMG! It is so good!
Now, I probably have the same Spinach Dip recipe that everyone else does that you have to use frozen spinach and squeeze out all the water. Really, this one is so much easier and just as good if not better!
O.K. so I have to go now - I think the dip is calling my name!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

O.K. so this is my second attempt to join in on Mary's Mosaic Monday - I think that I experienced some technical difficulties last week!
Of all of my Royal Copley pieces, the dogs are one of my favorites! The dog with his paw raised, the dog with the cello and the black and white dog in the center are probably the ones with the most value! That black and white dog in the center is actually a lamp base! I may even get brave one day and attempt to convert it back into a lamp - I hear that there are even kits out there for doing that!

Thanks for stopping by!
Any comments or suggestions as to how I could improve my mosaics are always welcome! This is only my second attempt at a mosaic. I am using Picasa 3 and I played a little more with some of its features! I enjoyed it even more this week!
Thanks Mary from Little Red House for hosting such a fun event!
For more mosaics - head on over and visit Mary's blog!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Vintage Thursday!

It's Thursday and that means it's time for everyone to get out their vintage treasures and head on over to visit Suzanne at Coloradolady and share!
This week, I thought that I would share what is inside my Hoosier style cabinet (mine is really made by Monarch). When you open up the top right set of doors you will find my set of Rosemary, Dutch Rose, amber depression glass. This was made by the Federal Glass Co. between 1935-1937. This was one of my very first purchases, at my very first auction years ago!
I just love the little berry and soup bowls!
Here is a closer look at the actual pattern.
Now at the bottom right of my cabinet there is a roll-top door that I keep open and display my Sandwich crystal dishes which was made by the Hocking Glass Co. from 1940-1964 and again in 1977. I just love those small tumblers!
Now here are a couple of pieces that reside behind the door where the flour sifter can be found, bottom, left. A canister/cookie jar and what I have always assumed was an ice bucket. I'm pretty sure that is a sterling silver, maybe, handle. Now once or twice a year I take all these dishes and throw them in the dishwasher and one year, much to my dismay, I dropped the lid to the ice bucket!! I was heart broken to say the least!!
These are just a set of 3 glasses that I bought at an antique store because I just fell in love with their vintage look!
Now I'm not really sure what these are. Dessert cups maybe?? But, I fell in love with their uniqueness as well. I'm not quite sure what the bottom is made of, but I turned one of the glass pieces over so that you can see how that little glass protrusion is made to fit inside that metal piece.
Now, I've never really used any of these pieces, but I sure do get immense pleasure from just looking at them!
Well, that's my vintage sharing for the week! Now I'm off to view more vintage treasures!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Let's head on over to visit Coloradolady!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

I have one last homage to summer!
This weekend we took my only 2 grandchildren to the local elementary school to fly a kite - they've never flown one before! Now, they were pretty excited, considering they had no clue what they were about to do!
O.K. Jaden - now hold this....
He hopes that he is doing it right!
Keira was wondering just what am I suppose to be doing?!
Poor Uncle Kale had to give up his sunglasses because 'Grandma, the sun keeps closing my eyes!'
Now, Uncle Nathan is quite the photographer! He was laying on his back behind Jaden to get these pictures! You can bet that I will be getting these developed at Wal-Mart. I just love how they turned out! And one of these days I'm going to figure out how to get that date stamp turned off!!
Uncle Nathan, am I doing this right? Is Spiderman high enough??
Keira had to have her turn. She just turned 3, so Uncle Nathan had to help. Now she flew the Spiderman kite, but she kept asking me where her Dora kite was?!? Do you think that I will still be able to find a Dora kite? Because you know that this grandma will be on the look out for one!
Of course, the kite excitement didn't last to long - because before we knew it they wanted to play on the playground!
It was amazing really. You see my oldest son who is 26 started at this school when it opened! Actually, all of my children attended this elementary school. The boys just kept saying that the playground just seemed so much bigger back then. Does time really change things all that much? It just seems like yesterday that I walked them onto that very playground for their first days of school. Really - it seems like just yesterday!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mosaic Monday!

I'm participating in Mary's Little Red House Mosaic Monday for the very first time!
I hope that you can't tell, but really, this is my very first mosaic!
Oh, I struggled for sure! But, here is my finally product!

I guess that I am happy with my very first effort!
I hope that it gets easier and quicker!
Thanks for stopping by - and now I am on my way to visit other mosaics courtesy of Mary at Little Red House! I hope that you found this! I apologize for the mistake with the #55 post and taking you to an Aug. 24th Blue Monday post. OMG! - can you tell I'm still relatively new to all of this! I just saw my blog address and forgot that I had to change the URL address!! I tried to delete it and couldn't! Again, I apolgize!



Well, college football started this weekend and the Oklahoma State Cowboys played the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in what was the most highly anticipated game in school history! And guess who won 24 to 10!?! The Cowboys did!!
Now I love a good football game, but what I love even more is the tail-gaiting that precedes the game! There were 3 families, 2 grills and numerous friends that wandered in and out - some to visit and some to grab a bite to eat! The menu this week included hamburgers, brauts, chips, BLT dip, baked beans, cookies, cake etc.! As always, there was more than enough!

The OSU campus is so beautiful! We tailgait right next to this wonderful pond and we love to watch all the people go by!

You see all sorts.....

Now here is my son, he's the one on the right! He plays the tenor saxophone and loves OSU football! He just finished his basic training in Georgia. His drill sergeants knew that he would be returning to school in Stillwater and he couldn't help but wonder if they watched the game and would they be able to pick him out on the field at half time by his militaristic marching ability? I'm sure son - LOL!!

My daughter just fell in love with this twirler! Now she thinks that because she is in high school color guard and can do rifles and sabers, in addition to flags, how hard could it be to learn how to twirl! Because, she wants to learn! Do people give twirling lessons? I'm looking for one!! Hey, son, can you hook me up with the twirler - maybe she gives lessons!!

And of course, when it was all over, some of the leftovers went to the geese! That is my daughter and one of my best friends in the whole world, Chery, from Chery's Apple Basket and she was hand feeding the geese, but then they would go after her cute footballs on her flip flops!

Well that is how I spent my Saturday! And needless to say by the time we got home - it was nap time!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's a Rooster Give Away!!

A girl can never have to many roosters......right!?!
Jane over at Blondie's Journal is having an Ugly Rooster Giveaway! Sorry, I find this piece just adorable!

As you can see Karen over at A Heart Felt Living is also having a rooster give away!!
So, go and visit both of these precious blogs and join in the fun and good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's Vintage Thursday over at Coloradolady and I love anything vintage!
I've already shared the possum belly cabinet that I have in my kitchen next to my Hoosier style cabinet, but I just want you to take a closer look.

Do you see the milk bottles and the tins between the bowls? And yes, you can bet that I will definitely be changing out my patriotic dish towels for my fall ones this week.
The girl scout tin I found when I was my daughter's brownie leader in grade school - she is now a senior in high school. I couldn't find a date on it. The orange drink tin - not really sure how long or when or where I found it, has a date of 1954!
And then there are the milk bottles! The one in front, Chickagami Dairy, is really special to me because it was given to my by my grandfather when I was a little girl. I treasure it so! The other two I have just picked up here and there. And no, I don't really use them for milk - that's just salt because from a distance it looks like milk!

So that is just a few of my favorite vintage items!
Now, let's head on over to visit Coloradolady and see what other vintage treasures we find!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Now, I'm not talking the New York Rangers...
or a Ford Ranger...
not the Lone Ranger...
or the Texas Rangers...
not even a Power Ranger...
I'm talking Ranger Roll...Now what on earth, you ask, am I talking about?!?
Take a look...
This is how the Army folds a T-Shirt!
Now, this is how I have always folded my son's T-Shirts. I didn't think I did a half bad job!
Upon his return from basic training one of the first things he showed me was how he wanted his T-Shirts folded...Mom, you must Ranger Roll them...Son, I'm not in the Army...Mom...
Needless to say, he taught me how to Ranger Roll! I couldn't believe how compact you could get a T-Shirt!
Oh, I was getting good!!
Thank you my Army son! I always wanted to know how to Ranger Roll!! I thought I was going to get to roll with rangers - oh well!! LOL!!
My Army son acclimating back to college life!!!
First football game of the season is this weekend against Georgia!
You know we will be tail-gaiting! I can't wait!