Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Knowing People Who Know People!

Our friends Annette and Steve took us to the Sheena Easton concert last weekend as a thank you for something I did to help them out when Annette's Dad passed away this summer.

So, we're at the Palace Theater, and they see some friends who happen to have a daughter that is in the Louisville Orchestra, and another daughter that works for the Louisville Orchestra as their Special Events Coordinator.

The next thing you know, our names are on the list, and I'm feeling pretty cool because I didn't have to do anything to get on the list, and I didn't even know what being on the list was going to get me!

Being on the list meant we were able to go backstage with others on the list for a meet and greet with Sheena Easton! And even better - we got our picture taken with her! OH MY GOSH - start treating me differently - I've put my arms around a real 80's rock star! That is when I also got her autograph that you saw on Sunday's entry.

It pays to know people who know people! Suddenly, I feel like singing a Barbra Streisand song . . . . .

Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Sumpin Else!

A couple of weeks ago, I bid on some items up for auction at Today's Creative Blog. The auction was to help Stephanie Nielsen and her husband who were in a plane crash in mid-August.

I won the bid on a very pretty frame made my Sumpin Else!

Today the beautiful frame arrived! It was bigger than I realized, and so very pretty - decorated with jewels and sayings and silk flowers. I found a picture I love of my Mom and her twin sister when they were little. It is the perfect picture for a frame about remembering . . . . . .

I remember how easily I got confused on the phone when I was trying to decide if I was talking to my Mom or my Aunt. That is how identical they were! My Grandma dressed them alike when they were young, and they continued doing that even when they had a choice!

And, yes, I do know that my Mom is on the right, and Phyllis is on the left. They were known their entire life as the Keith twins! I miss them both terribly.

Be sure to check out Sumpin Else if you need a unique custom party favor or gift!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

For Your Eyes Only!

Remember her?

Well, if you're not too young, you probably remember her looking like this:

We're going to the Palace Theater tonight to see her perform with the Louisville Orchestra. I saw her perform here many moons ago when she looked like the picture above. I thought she was cool back in the 80's, and I'm looking forward to hearing her again. I love the short hair!

The Palace Theater is an old theater that has been in the Louisville area since 1928. It closed for many years, and after the renovation, it is a spectacular place. It is designed like a Spanish courtyard, and you almost feel like you are sitting outside under the stars with the sky blue ceiling and tiny lights everywhere!

I was sorry to hear that Paul Newman passed away today. What a hottie he was in his day! He sure didn't seem like he was 83. I guess that means we're all getting older . . . . . . . .

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guilty Pleasure!

Okay, I admit it - I'm a huge Survivor fan! I've watched every season, and tonight was the first show from Gabon in Africa. I have absolutely no desire to ever be on a show like that - I wouldn't survive one night! But I really enjoy watching the interaction between the contestants.

And Jeff Probst ain't half bad to look at either! He is the best host of any reality show, if you ask me! As one of my Red Hot friend's daughter would say - he is a delicious mansicle. I love the very first episode where he describes the location, and then he stands there on this mountain as a helicopter flies by and he shouts, 18 players . . . . . . 39 days . . . . . . 1 survivor - cue the music - oh my gosh, don't you love that music at the beginning?

It makes you want to be there and end up as that million dollar survivor! If you could only do it indoors with plumbing, air conditioning, and a curling iron!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Garage, Grandpa, and Gourds!

Ted decided that he wanted to clean out the garage this past weekend. Now, I'm never gonna stop a man that wants to clean out anything, but we have so many other unfinished projects around here. I was hoping he could get the job done in a weekend.

Not only is our garage packed to the max with stuff, junk, and a couple of old computers that are somehow museum-worthy and collectible because one is the PC Jr. and don't get me started on how I hate keeping crap like that and who in the world wants it and why can't we pitch it is the speech I give everytime I walk by those dust magnets that don't belong in a garage! In addition, we have all my parents' good garage junk too! Are you feeling my pain yet?

So, I said, Go ahead and knock yourself out, but don't expect me to help, I've got a gazillion other things to do!

Paint - doesn't everyone have at least 20 gallon cans of half-used, never gonna use it again but you can't throw it away paint? Well, here is a trick to get rid of it. Buy the cheapest kitty litter you can find. Pour it in the paint can, stir it up and let it sit. It turns into concrete and then you can dispose of it.

But, what about spray paint? I mean, we have at least 30 cans of it - including some of Mom's lovely mauve and orange spray paint!

So, I'm in the basement today looking for my fall/Halloween decorations (don't worry, all this is going to be connected before I'm done). I find a box of gourds that we grew, that I sawed the top off of about 8 years ago with plans of doing something with them - plans that have now escaped my brain.

I had an Aha moment - let's use up some of the 30 cans of spray paint! And when would I ever use school crossing guard orange unless it was Halloween and I had a gourd to paint?

Ooooh, I like the way these turned out! I'll have to use them creatively, and show you later what I did with them!

And now on to Grandpa! My grandpa loved to cut out silhouettes from wood. I found these in a box I had brought from Mom's house. A little black spray paint to freshen them up, and they are ready for a wall. I love how three of them have a transportation theme!

Okay, I'm slowly using up the spray paint - what about you? What can you find to spray paint today?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bangles, Bellys, and Boobs!

Six pairs of eyes scrutinized every move last night on Dancing with the Stars! Who needs Bruno, Carrie Ann, or Len when you have the Red Hots!

Did y'all see the bracelets on Toni Braxton? When we heard Pam say that the first time, we thought she meant bracelets as in boobs, but she really meant the arm bangles. Pam is a big fan of arm bangles! And there were plenty of arm bangles last night! Is there a DWTS store, cause Pam needs more bangles!

She did inform us that the pink one is fake diamonds - thanks for telling us, Pam! And the reason Susan Lucci didn't wear bracelets? It would have tipped her over!

Is Cheryl pregnant? She has put on some poundage in the belly, hips and face! Why of course, she couldn't be pregnant - she isn't married! That was the brilliant statement out of my mouth! They never let me forget when I say something stupid.

There was a lot of boob talk last night, well, because . . . . . . there was a lot of boobs last night! And a lot of guys touching a boob, but how could you not, they were right in their faces! And speaking of faces, why did Inna have a lipstick mark across her face like she had put on her lipstick while riding a roller coaster?

Lance has nice eyebrows. That's because he read my blog about eyebrows! And poor Cloris - she has no clue where she is - let's boot her early and save her more pain! And talk about boobs - wasn't Jeffrey the worst? Phyllis drew his name, and her comment was, Cloris - you're safe! And who doesn't want to be Julianne when they grow up? Pam does!

I'll leave you with a favorite song from camp that sums up the show last night.

Do your boobs hang low,
do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot,
can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them over your shoulder
like a continental soldier?
Do your boobs hang low?
(or high? or lopsided? or pushed up?)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Put On Your Dancing Shoes!

Tonight is the new season of Dancing with the Stars! Since most of our husbands wouldn't be caught dead watching the show (even if they danced in the nude!), the Red Hots decided it would be fun to get together and watch the show.

Of course, after I watch the show each week, I try to get Ted to dance with me. Now that would be some reality television you wouldn't want to miss!

Just like last season, the Red Hots all drew a dancing pair, put $5 in the pot, and wait to see when we get kicked off. Since there are only ten of us in the group, the first three to get booted have a second chance with the three left over dancing pairs.

I picked Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo. They won't win - mainly because I drew them, and I never seem to win stuff like this! Alec isn't my favorite of the pros. Maksim is back this year - now, talk about red hot - whew, somebody get me a fan!

I'll have pictures tomorrow from our get-together at Phyllis' house!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

How to Occupy a Saturday!

Once Newman got the freedom to roam the whole house, the bathroom that used to be his room is no longer interesting! He loves the other cats . . . . . but they aren't too crazy about him yet. They are very curious because he is constantly on the go and playing with toys, but when he leaps like a grasshopper in their face, they hiss and growl.

He has decided that he can use the big litter box which requires some maneuvering because it has a lid. He has figured out how to jump on the bed and the sofa, and can run down the steps super fast!

I'm keeping a close eye on him because of what he might decide to chew - wires being my main concern. He wakes up way too early for my taste, but that little belly gets hungry!

A week ago tonight he was a scared little guy covered in fleas hiding in a bush. He has come a long way in a week, and has totally turned this house upside down! But, dang, have you ever seen such a cute face and the most beautiful blue eyes?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Making Laundry More Enjoyable?

Remember the $5 gallon of chocolate brown paint I bought? Well, I finally finished the laundry room. I've been waiting for the vinyl letters I ordered from It's Written on the Wall - an Ebay store.

I still need to freshen up the two walls that are off-white. I didn't have any of the original paint left, so I'll wait until I can find another $5 gallon that coordinates with the brown.

I found the basket and beach grass mat at Big Lots - 75% clearance! The basket is great for hiding stuff I don't want to see spread out everywhere.

The fabric for the washtub came from Walmart in their $2/yd. clearance section. I added sticky back velcro to the top and stuck it on the tub. I had enough fabric left to make a tablecloth for one of those round tables - I have that in my sunroom.

I'm most proud of this backsplash project! I was tired of the water splashing on the walls and making drip marks all the way to the floor.

I bought a piece of acrylic plexiglass at Home Depot. They had no idea what I was talking about, but I found it back in the window section of the store. The ribbon is grosgrain. You need an iron, ruler, and glue stick to finish the project.

I cut the ribbon into pieces a little longer than the size of the plexiglass, ironed the edges back and glued them to the acrylic in a woven pattern using the ruler to space the ribbon. You have to work with the ribbon right side down because the ribbon is going to be against the wall so it doesn't get wet.

Here is the finished backsplash. Two holes were drilled to be able to attach the paper towel holder to the wall. Since the backsplash is lightweight, nothing else was needed to hold it in place!

Now, if I only had someone to do the laundry, I'd love this room even more!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Let's Talk Lipstick!

With all the recent hoopla about pigs and lipstick, I thought it was time to talk lipstick! Do you wear lipstick, or are you strictly a gloss gal? Are you into the pinks, reds, or beiges? Do you always buy the same brand?

I really like L'Oreal's Colour Riche lipsticks. The middle one below is 165 - Tickled Pink. I tend to stick with the pink and rose colors.

Did you know that the shape of your lipstick as you use it tells something about you?

Go get one of your lipsticks right now. You only need one because more than likely, you use all of them the same way. Are you a rounder? A slant top? A flat top? Check out this Lipstick Personality Chart to see what your lipstick says about you.

My lipsticks fit the Sharp-Angled but Curved Tip category, which indicates I'm:

  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Energetic
  • Talkative
  • Loves Attention
  • Falls in love easily (see yesterday's post)
  • Helpful
  • Needs schedule, but dislikes one

How about you?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's What I Do!

Everyone has a cause, and my passionate one happens to be animals. There are 3-4 million cats and dogs euthanized every year in the United States! That is a startling number, and hopefully you will do the right thing and get any pet you have spayed or neutered. It is the only way we will be able to reduce that number in the future, and it is the responsible thing to do!

Last Friday night as we were driving home, Ted saw what he thought was an opposum crossing the road. Meet the opposum - his name is Newman!

It took quite an effort and two days to catch him, and when I got him confined in the guest bathroom, I discovered he was bone thin, and full of fleas! He is flea-free now, had a vet visit, and got started on his shots.

He only weighs 1.08 lbs! He is so tiny, and was quite content to stay in the bathroom until today. He has been supervised every moment, and the other cats are mesmerized by him! I've never had a kitten before - they are quite active and fun to watch.

Our intention is to find him a loving home. As you can see on the right of my blog, we have six cats and one dog. Now, in my defense, three of the cats and the dog were my parents' pets. When they both passed away last year, I inherited them! I don't particularly like having this many cats, but you deal with what life gives you, and I could not in good conscience leave that kitten to die.

Of course, the longer we have him, the harder it will be to give him up. He is named after Paul Newman because of the beautiful blue eyes. Of course, when Ted says his name, it is more like the way Jerry said Newman on the Seinfeld show!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And God Said . . . . . . .

Two days, eight hours, thirty minutes . . . . . . . . . without

air conditioning
hot water
hair dryer
curling iron
make-up mirror
garage door opener
washing machine

I was not meant to live like a pioneer woman! Who would have thought that hurricane Ike would make a visit to Louisville, Kentucky, and do more damage in this city than the tornado we had a long time ago? Trees down all over the city - blocking roads and bringing down power lines.

Luckily, our trees in the woods survived, but every nut and loose branch were scattered everywhere. Luckily, we have a generator, so we could keep the refrigerator running!

Bummer that I had a washing machine full of wet clothes. Bummer that they told us it could be up to two weeks before everyone's electricity gets back on! I feel very fortunate, and I hope all my friends have power soon! Two weeks is a long time to be walking around with a flashlight in hand and still reaching for the lightswitch. It is such a habit and I felt so stupid everytime I did it.

Today, my former Eagle Boy Scout husband decided to drag out the solar showers from his Canada fishing trip. They heated in the sun all day. We had just finished taking showers in the lukewarm water and the lights came back on!

Thank you God . . . . . . . . . and Louisville Gas & Electric . . . . . . . . .

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Houston, We Have a Problem!

We could use some of Houston's rain and storm surge, and I'd be happy to send some humidity to whomever wants it!

When our weeds outnumbered the grass blades, we had to take some serious action. So, we killed it all off - and let me tell you, weeds don't go quietly!

We rented a seeder from Home Depot, and somehow I knew that the video demonstration of the guy wearing a suit and pushing this contraption with one hand wasn't going to be the same thing I saw today!

And now we need some rain from hurricane Ike! Or I'll be spending every day for the next two weeks moving the sprinkler around the yard in hopes that the grass comes up before the weeds come back!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Partial Mistreated Windows!

I've been looking for fabric to replace the blah, boring, outdated 15-year old curtains in my kitchen/sunroom. But I hadn't found anything that really struck my fancy. Isn't that a stupid saying - struck my fancy?

I'm in Walmart walking through the curtain aisle and noticed almost all the curtains are reduced to $5 a pair. Ooooh, wait a minute - I think my fancy was struck at that moment! I find these cute-cute cafe' curtains and realized I couldn't buy two different fabrics, plus the ribbon and make them for $5 a pair. And even if I could, who wants to go to that much trouble when these are already made - they're cute-cute - and ON SALE??!!

Now, I've got three sets of double windows, plus a window over the sink. So, I scooped up seven pairs of curtains - I'm into this project for $35 at this point.

However, the cafe' length is too long because I want them to be valances. I did a little mistreatment of the fabric. Unfortunately, the Nester wouldn't be too proud because I didn't use a glue gun, and I'm ashamed to admit I used a sewing machine - which is a big NO-NO in the world of mistreated windows! But, hey, I'm new at this mistreatment thing, and I think buying Walmart curtains should count for something because I discovered they were a little mistreated when they were originally sewn!

I couldn't cut the fabric because I've got that cute-cute striped material at the bottom, so I did a couple of folds, a couple of stitches, and there you have it! By folding the fabric, it makes the bottom half lined, and they hang very nicely.

Now, I needed rods - well, I probably didn't need rods, but I wanted rods. Again, I get a D- in mistreating the windows because I bought rods. BUT, in my defense, the rods were purchased from Big Lots, and you know you're going to get a deal in that store!.

I hung them way up at the ceiling. If you look at the picture above, you'll notice I have one more set to hang (on the right).

Of course, my engineer husband wanted me to wait so he could put the brackets on the wall. I'm sure he laughed to himself when he suggested that. He knows me better, and knew I wasn't about to wait until the weekend when he had time!

So, do you like them?

Get a Load of Honey Bun Tonight!

Tonight (change that to last night - it's already Friday!) I went to bunco. I know, you're thinking, didn't you just go to bunco not too long ago - it seems like you spend a lot of time with your friends?

Why, yes, I did but that last bunco was a make-up bunco. Tonight was the night we normally have it. Okay, let's get to the important part of bunco - dessert!

You're going to want this cake - right now, or for breakfast tomorrow!

Honey-bun Cake

Are you salivating yet? Can you almost smell the cinnamon? Are you singing the song from South Pacific? Oh my cats, this cake melts in your mouth. And the only thing you might not have on hand is buttermilk, and I'm thinking you could substitute something and get one of these babies popped out of the oven by morning!

Honey-bun Cake

1 c. chopped pecans (or walnuts)
4 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 yellow cake mix
3/4 c. oil
4 eggs
4 T. sugar
1 c. buttermilk

2 c. confectioners sugar
4 T. milk
1 T. vanilla
Mix well

I know - 4 eggs! But that is what makes it melt in your mouth, so get busy mixing!

Mix pecans, cinnamon and brown sugar. Set aside. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour 1/2 of the batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the pecan mixture over the batter, and top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining pecan mixture on top.

Swirl the batter with a spoon. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 50 minutes. Pour glaze over hot cake.

Yummy good stuff, I'm telling you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

B - I - N - G - O !

Tonight was Red Hots - ten red, hot friends who get together once a month - each taking a turn to plan the evening. We met at RHBB's house for dinner and bingo.

This is RHBB - Red Hot Bargain Babe - she got that name because she can smell a bargain a mile away! Several years ago she bought a gazillion bingo cards, and we have played every variety of bingo known to womankind! Tonight was Tropical Hawaiian Bingo!

These tropical feet belong to Red Hot Cheater Chair. It would take me way too long to explain her RH name!

We played quite a few games of bingo, and you can see that Red Hot Hand was very giddy at winning several times!

Red Hot Pal was a winner despite starting out the evening with a faulty dauber! Check out her tropical turquoise bling!

And the big cover-all finale was won by Red Hot Grandmama and Red Hot Princess!

We had a delish meal of fruit, salad, grilled chicken, rice, green beans, and of course -