Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Quite awhile ago, I submitted Rocky's photo to Terry Stanley at Dog Days of Painting. She did a wonderful job capturing our sweet boy. We have the painting framed and in our family room.

Each day on her Dog Days of Painting blog, she features one of her paintings. Today is Rocky's day in the spotlight!

You can find more of Terry's paintings at her website. Starting in the new year, she will also be painting cats and other pets. There is contact information at her blog if you are interested in having your pet's portrait done.

Monday, December 28, 2009

It's In The Bag!

Who let the cat out of the bag?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

You'll Think of Glen Campbell!

Last night we drove an hour north to Lexington, Kentucky, to see Southern Lights. We've seen it before, but it is the perfect activity to get you in the Christmas spirit. A local rado station plays Christmas music for you to enjoy as you drive through the Kentucky Horse Park.

At $15 a carload, they were raking in the dough last night as the line to get in was very long!

There are a lot of displays, and various themes - including princesses, Star Wars, The Old West, and of course, Santa and lots of elves.

The 12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorite displays.

After you go through the park, there is more to see and do - especially for the gazillion kids that were there. They have a petting zoo, camel rides, donkey rides, and train rides. In a couple of buildings they have train and doll house diplays, and if you want to wait in a very long line, you can see Santa Claus.

Are you singing Glen's song in your head yet? I'll be back after the weekend - enjoy your holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Candy Snowmen!

Sorry about my lack of blogging as I finish up some last minute Christmas items. I saw these adorable snowmen candybar wrappers over at Be Different . . . . Act Normal and I knew I could whip out a few!

They are originally found from Laurie Furnell. She has a free template you can download. Print them out on regular paper, and cut out to fit around a candybar - I used Hershey's chocolate bars.

Then using scrap fabric - mine is fleece - add a scarf and hat! How adorable! I'll be taking these to Ohio to hand out to Ted's cousins and their kids.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

He is Cool!

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The winner's in Catster's World's Coolest Contest have been chosen! Three of my cats were in the running this year - Samoa and Gleek were in the Costumes & Shades category, and Newman was in the Sitting Cat category.

For the second year in a row, Gleek is a winner! Last year he won the Sitting Cat category! For winning, Gleek gets a $25 giftcard to PetSmart, a one-year Catster membership, and 100 zealies - which is Catster cash to use on sending page gifts to friends.

I'm so proud of you, pirate Gleek! Extra treats are coming your way tonight!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


We have a new Grandma in our Red Hots group as of today! Congratulations to Barb's daughter, Erika and son-in-law, Peter, on the birth of Lillian Rose - weighing in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 19 inches long!

What a nice Christmas present for the family!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Give a Little!

Some of the Red Hots (and one Bunco babe) volunteered at The Salvation Army last night as they prepare for the distribution of angel tree gifts.

Each bag below represents a child in the Louisville area that will receive clothing and toys from generous donors.

There were A LOT of bags!

Some of the group looked through incoming bags to determine what was still needed - each child gets four toys and some clothing.

Lorie and I worked at the toy area - filling bags that still needed items. Some lucky little girl is getting this cute black cat plushie!

There is a group of young adults with Americorp who have been in town for three weeks helping at the distribution center. This cute gal was working back in toys with us.

We worked for three hours, and then treated ourselves to ice cream at Culvers!

Do you volunteer during the holidays? It sure makes you appreciate what you have, and it is a good feeling to be able to help others in need!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

C is for Christmas Red Hot Party!

. . . . . . in a Conference Room

Crafting . . . . . (inspired by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist)!

Cupcakes to die for!

Compact mirror with Donny for Laura!

Cocktail glasses for Phyllis!

Clothing for Lorie!

Candlesticks for Karen!

Cute ornaments for Doreen!

Customary group picture!

Corny shoe shot!

We had a fun evening eating at a restaurant downtown, and then going back to Ted's office for crafting, eating, and gift exchange.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


It's exciting to glance outside and see big wings fly by! I ran upstairs to get the camera, had to change lenses, and he was still hanging out in the tree!

Sorry for the fuzzy picture - I was taking it through the kitchen window, and he was pretty far away.

Okay, you hawk experts - I'm talking about you, Sharon! - is this a red-tailed hawk?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Blast From the Past

I was watching Martha Stewart yesterday and they were making Christmas trees from magazines. Boy, did that bring back memories! Did you ever make one from a Reader's Digest?

Well, I don't have any Reader's Digest sitting around, so I grabbed a Best Friends Animal Society magazine and whipped out this tree in no time!

It's hard to tell from the picture, but it is covered in clear sparkly glitter. I added a ribbon that has gold and silver stars hanging from it. This tree will be the Red Hot centerpiece at our holiday get together next week.

This is a great project for kids - they can do it while they watch television, or while they watch you bake cookies. Martha has instructions on her website to which I linked above, but here is a quick visual if you work better that way.

1. Take a magazine - one with sturdier paper works better.

2. Fold each page down to form a right triangle.

3. Fold that triangle one more time - lining it up with the left edge.

4. When each page gets folded twice, you will have a little piece hanging out at the bottom.

5. Fold that little piece up - even with the bottom edge of your double folded triangle.

6. The little piece you just folded up needs to be tucked inside the double folded triangle.

7. Here is how it will look. I went through and folded each page once, then went back and did the second fold, and then did the triangle piece last. I think you could do it either way - complete each page, or go through the entire magazine three times.

When you are finished with all the folding, it will naturally span out in a tree shape. Take spray adhesive glue - do it outside - spray the tree and sprinkle with glitter. Spray painting the tree gold would be pretty too.

Have fun!