Sunday, November 30, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Expect Great Things

I went to Kohl's today. Not at 4 a.m. Why go at 4 a.m. when you can still be an earlybird until 1 p.m.?

I went with friends because husbands should never go to Kohl's the day after Thanksgiving and witness what I saw there.

I don't need to experience Super Saturday tomorrow at Kohl's because I experienced Freaky Friday at Kohl's today!

You would never know the economy is hurting if you saw the looooooong lines of people at the checkout!

We also went to JoAnn Fabrics - oh my cats, were they having an awesome sale on fleece! I stocked up on some very cool patterns for beds in my Etsy shop. I've got plenty to keep me busy for the next few weeks!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Remembering Thanksgiving ~

As I look at the pictures in my November banner, and really don't remember that Thanksgiving, it cracks me up how dressed up we got that year. And how my Dad is looking at the turkey like he is waiting for it to get up and talk to him! And how my Aunt Laura is standing there with her perfect little apron, and how she, too, is waiting for that bird to do something!

Ted and I celebrate Thanksgiving by ourselves today. His Mom and brother are in Ohio, and rarely come here for Thanksgiving.

While listening to the Macy's parade and working in the kitchen, I reflect back on the Thanksgivings of my past, and the many friends who were like family that celebrated with us:

The years that Verna brought custard pies because we didn't have the heart to tell her we hated those pies. And she always brought two, and we always said we were too full to eat dessert.

The year the disposal backed up - what a mess!

Every year when Dad acted like he was a surgeon when he stuffed and sewed up the bird.

The year everything had raisins in it - the salad, the stuffing, the dessert.

The year the turkey got cooked upside down in the pan.

All the nameplace holders I made - every year trying to come up with a different one.

The year Mrs. Turner came and wore her hat and gloves throughout the entire meal.

The year I didn't come home, and we spent Thanksgiving in Sedona with friends. The previous week we had gotten engaged.

The year Ted and I went to Albuquerque for Thanksgiving, and swore it was the best Thanksgiving we had ever had.

The year we had Thanksgiving in our Tucson townhouse with the McEvoys and Cecilia.

When the Thanksgiving hosting officially was turned over from Mom's house to my house.

Meeting Dad halfway so he could pass off the turkey and we could cook it at our house. He insisted on buying the turkey even though we were hosting the dinner.

Remembering with love Verna and Ed, Laura and Johnny, Phyllis, Mrs. Turner, Ted Sr., Mom, and Dad and hoping you're all enjoying the big feast in heaven today.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Special Delivery!

I just delivered this apron and loaf of bread to my neighbor for National Tie One On Day! The full apron is a vintage one I found at a flea market - all washed and pressed and very Scandinavian looking.

If you remember my Halloween pictures of Thing 1 and Thing 2 - those are her little boys. I think I'm going to have to hate her because her house is already beautifully decorated for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rest in Peace Sweet Spunky

My sweet Spunk lost his battle with cancer today. We were lucky to have him in our home for over a year. He lived with my parents since he was young kitty. Spunky was 13 years old - very affectionate, loved sitting on your lap, and had a personality that fit his name. He lives in my heart forever.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Monday, November 24, 2008

We're Having an Auction!

A group of us on Catster have joined together to help Muppet. Muppet was one of over 800 cats that were living in the hell hole called FLOCK - a poor excuse for a cat sanctuary. Best Friends Animal Society stepped in and helped those cats who didn't have to be euthanized.

Muppet was one of the lucky ones. However, Muppet has an ear condition that is so painful that if surgery is not performed, she would have to be euthanized. The surgery is very expensive. We are doing various fundraisers to help Muppet, and I'm organizing an auction.

Shown below are just a few of the items that have gone up for auction today over at my Cat in the Clover blog.

Please stop by my blog during the next week and check out all the items. You're sure to find a nice holiday gift for someone on your list, and you'll be helping Muppet too!

You can find out more information on how to help fill Muppet's bucket by going to the Catster blog!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blogging Pays Off!

You won't believe the exciting email I got a couple of days ago! It was from a gal who works for Jostens - the class ring and yearbook company. She actually works for one of the company's divisions - OurHubub. offers photo memory books - similar to Shutterfly and Snapfish. In fact, part of her job is to scout out what people are saying about the competition.

Because I had a blog entry about the photobook I did at Snapfish, and also because of my bragging about how great Shutterfly is, she has offered me a free photobook so that I can compare what their company has to offer!



And she took it one step further - free shipping!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and last week her name was Darcie! Of course, I'll be sure to share all the scoop with you once I've finished the book and checked out their quality.

Friday, November 21, 2008

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Winter!

We had our first light flurry of snowflakes yesterday. You could barely tell it was snow, but a few flakes stuck on the mailbox.

So, it seemed appropriate that at bunco last night, I won this snowlady!

Isn't she too adorable? And don't you wish you could look that stylish when you go shopping? Her monogrammed coat matches my last initial, so I think it was meant to be!

The snowflakes didn't last long, but this gal will be hanging out all winter with me!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanks Oprah!

Last week I walked through the room as Oprah's show was on and heard about the free photo book offer from Snapfish. Now, I'm a huge fan of Shutterfly, and I've ordered many of their photobooks and calendars. So, I was anxious to get this book and compare it with those I've done at Shutterfly.

The book arrived today. I decided to make the book about Newman, our newest kitty, because I have taken a lot of pictures of him since he joined our family.

The book is very nice, but I'll be sticking to Shutterfly. I think they have many more options for background designs on the pages.

If you have a lot of digital pictures on your computer, these books make excellent gifts. I hope you were able to get in on the free Oprah offer. It only lasted 48 hours, and the total cost for the 20 page book was the $7 shipping fee!

I think Newman likes the book too!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to the Twins

The Keith twins - as they were known in their day - would have been 77 today.

The one on the left would be Phyllis - Foo-Foo to me, (or Foof when I got older) because I couldn't say Phyllis. The single gal who reminded me of Mary Tyler Moore. The single gal who lived in New York City and rode on the subway and went to plays and travelled to Europe and Australia. The gal who didn't get married until she was 50, who was like a second mother to me, who was passionate about animals and had nice fingernails.

The one on the right would be Arlene - Mom to me (or Mother when I was mad). The gal who seemed to know everybody and had tons of trivia in her head. Who taught me to love animals, and shoes, and broke up the arguments between Dad and me. The gal who fought breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, and breast cancer again. The gal who never got over her sister's death.

Mom is on the left in this picture. She was famous for writing on the back of photos and giving her opinion of the picture. She hated this picture because she thought it made her look pregnant! Usually a picture like this would have a hole in it - where she would cut out the face if she didn't like it.

I hope they're having a party today in heaven, and knowing how much I miss them both.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Who's Finding the Cure?

Do you think they really want to find a cure for the common cold? There are a lot of other more important diseases that need cures, but wouldn't you think some scientist dude would want to have that on his resume?

If you think about it, why would they want to cure the cold? There is waaaaaay toooooo much money to be made in the drug industry! Have you seen all the choices - AM, PM, DM? It's enough to make your head spin!

Which is what mine did all day yesterday! Thanks to a little drug called Mucinex DM. Now, I've used regular Mucinex before and it seemed to help. But when faced with the choices of the different initials, I thought I'd give the DM a try! After all, expectorant and cough suppressant in one has to be a good thing, right?


What does the DM stand for, you ask?

Damn Medicine
Drug Malfunction
Dizzy Mama
Dopey Me

I've never had a drug allergy before, but this was a weird sensation - dizzy but not fall down dizzy, weird feeling in my eyes, prickly feeling in my forehead. I got a little scared when my eyes started swelling last night. I wasn't sure if that was from the DM or the lack of antihistimine since I was just taking a decongestant.

And while where on the drug subject, I'd like to thank all those idiot meth users who have totally ruined the life of an allergy sufferer! No longer can I get a month's supply of allergy medicine at a time. No longer can I have one allergy medicine on hand, and be able to get another type when I need it because I'm not eligible yet - only so many mg. per day or some ridiculous formula. I've been made to feel like a criminal when I have to ask a friend to buy medicine for me!

So, I'm off the DM and back to feeling more normal!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's About Time!

Today was opening day! I was there. It was grand!

It was the first of many trips in my future!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I've been a sewing fool today! I decided to add aprons to my Cat in the Clover Etsy shop. But, in keeping with my animal items, I'm going to use fabrics that feature cats or dogs.

Don't you love this cranberry and beige Christmas toile pattern? I think it's adorable!

The perfect little accessory when you're doing some holiday baking or decorating the house!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

That's Incredible!

It's the second Wednesday of the month - that can only mean one thing - We be havin' Red Hots!

Sharon said, We be goin' to Incredible Dave's!

Phyllis said, We be gettin' a drink cause it was a rough day at work! Not really - this is what she really said: I'll have to kill you if you take a picture of me bowling.

Half of us did the real bowling; half of us did the Wii bowling, or like we say here in Kentucky, We be bowlin'!

Doreen is getting a lesson from Incredible Dave on how to Wii bowl. She is saying, I want one of these - wheeeeeee!

Here is Doreen, Mylinda, Sharon, and Pam playing Wii tennis! Mylinda said, we be havin' fun!

We be thinkin' the blue eye shadow is a little much!

We also be thinkin' that bowling shoes haven't improved much over the decades!

We be likin' the fact that you don't have to keep score anymore! And I be likin' that final score! Why didn't we put money in the pot for the winner? We be thinkin' next time we'll do that!

We be thinkin' it was a fun night - and are you thinkin' you had too much to drink when you look at this picture? We be behind a glass waterfall!