Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let There Be Light!

Isn't this an amazing picture of 
SWEET CHEEKS 
taken at one of her Dad's job sites?
I won't see SweetCheeks for a day or so
so you STILL have time to sign up for this giveaway here

No hidden agenda or rules. 
Just be a follower and sign up here!
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Gypsy In Me

Spring always makes me long to roam.
There were nomads in our family line.
Men that traveled to set up new towns and,
once they were established, would move on to
build another settlement.
I think I inherited some of that trait...
that longing for the road.
While I LOVE my home, I sometimes long
to pack my bags and hit the road.
Spring and Fall both find me restless...
calling my name to  travel 
the highways and byways of life.

IF I could pack up and travel I might
choose something like this.
I could see myself parking this 
in a quiet spot in the foothills,
brewing a pot of coffee,
listening to classical music and  
reading a good book.
Idyllic, yes?
This bit of retro travel heaven 
would work just fine for me, too.
source
After a long idyllic drive through the countryside
I could crawl into this bed with a happy heart.
Couldn't you?
source
Maybe it's because I haven't been able to travel
for about a year that makes the open road
call my name.
Maybe it is because my soul is restless.
Maybe it is because I feel winter weary 
and  anxious for Spring.
Whatever the reason I know it will pass
and I will be glad to be home with my family-
because home is where my heart lies
and how could I possibly BEAR to leave this?
After all, If I were gone who would take 
WHO would protect her from 
THE TOOTH FAIRY
when she loses her first tooth?
Wouldn't THAT tooth fairy give you nightmares?

Don't worry -he only plucks
false teeth out of the glass
on nightstands at night!

Still time to sign up for the giveaway here

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Post Easter Post

Ha- POST Easter POST-
Get it?
Never mind....

If you aren't interested in family pictures
that's okay-I get it.
Come back tomorrow and I will be talking
about running away!;>)

We started the day by getting 
Bright Eyes ready for church.
Yes! It's true-
She looks like a CHUNKY MONKEY!
SHE EATS. A.LOT.

Anyway, after church my wonderful 
daughter-in-law and son
fixed a GREAT Easter meal for all of us.
She is an excellent cook.
There was a special table for the kids
and sweet decorations on the adult table.
Her most wonderful mother-in-law
brought her a dozen roses as a thank you
for hosting.

Before eating we lined the kids up on the 
steps for pictures.
They jostled and adjusted and moved and
snickered and made faces..
You kid! Back Upper Right!
DROP THE LIGHT!
You Girl- Rose colored dress.
Stop being a hambone!
And EVERYONE!
Can you please all look the SAME DIRECTION?
Whaddyathink this is?  A Cartoon Show?
After about 652 snaps this, believe it or not,
I thought was the best one until I realized
I had cut CharlesInCharge off at the nose
AND BIG BOY E has a foam SWORD in hand
which is being watched fearfully by CJK on E's left.
sigh

Here are a few more 
ON THE STEPS photos.
Missing are my oldest son 
(who was there but is camera shy)
and his 4 children (who were not there).

It was too cold and rainy to do an outside 
Easter egg hunt
so we did it inside.

The older kids wanted to know what the 
GRAND PRIZE was for collecting the most eggs.
It was decided that 
THE WINNER
got to smash a cupcake into Uncle Ryan's face.
WHAT????

Lulu won!
She grabbed her cupcake and as she was looking 
at it and planning her attack
Uncle Ryan moved quickly and shoved a
cupcake in HER FACE!
Reacting quickly she brought her hand up and 
got him back.
He stupidly turned sideways.
We were going to let the boyo.
 who licks everything living or dead,
lick it out of his ear.
After inspecting the damage CJK decided that was
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
It was a beautiful, blessed day.
And after a long, tiring First Easter our baby girl
yawned and called it a day!
Happy Easter Memories Here!
I hope you all had a wonderful, blessed Easter, too.

If you haven't signed up yet for my
Cheer-y Cherry giveaway
pop by here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Happy, Blessed Easter To You

We are off and running for the day!
Is there anything much more wonderful than the excitement children feel 
as they start searching for 
Easter Eggs?
I am so happy to be sharing
Easter with my family 
AND YOU!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

OUT with the OLD and IN with the NEW

Sometimes blogging one way just doesn't
work for a person after a while.
When that happens there is an 
alternative to just quitting blogging.
You can start a NEW blog and head in a
WHOLE NEW DIRECTION.
That is what my friend Debbie did.
Debbie is one of the first people I met when
I started blogging.
She lives on the other side of Lake Michigan.
If I could swim straight across I would come
out close to her house.
wet, bedraggled and smelling of dead fish.

Her previous blog was called 
and I loved it.
A lot of people loved it...
but Debbie didn't love it anymore.
She felt she wasn't being true to her real self.
SO-She started a NEW BLOG
named after her shop.
Seashells And Lavender
Well, you all KNOW how hard it is when
you make changes to your blog, right?
One of the big things that happen is
YOU LOSE YOUR FOLLOWERS!
Do you think you could pop by  Debbie's blog here
and give her a hello and follow along if 
her blog is a fit for you?
I would really appreciate it and 
I know Debbie will be thrilled.

Tomorrow is Easter and besides
celebrating the Holy day of Easter
we will be doing our
ANNUAL Easter Egg Hunt!


I just want you to know- I am 
SO SORRY I missed this event.
It's not EVERY YEAR you get an
ANAL EGG HUNT
and it's FREE for the whole family!
Let's all plan on going together next year,
m'kay?

My friend, Jettie
who is almost as crazy as I am 
sent a picture of this sign along to me.  
I have the nicest friends!

AND-
If you haven't signed up for my
GIVEAWAY yet-click here
and leave me a comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Blessed Good Friday To You

I pray for peace for each and every one of you 
on this
GOOD FRIDAY.

I will be gone for the day
but hope to check in late.

ps.  If you didn't sign up for my 
GIVEAWAY yesterday please click here.
Giveaway is open to everyone and requires
just one quick comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHAT TIME IS IT? IT'S GIVE AWAY TIME!

CAN YOU BAKE A 
CHERRY PIE
Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Anyone remember that old nursery rhyme-
or was it a poem?
Well, CAN YOU?
Can YOU bake a Cherry Pie
like the one above?
You MIGHT be able to if you win 
MY GIVEAWAY!!

This is a THANK YOU for honoring 
me by being a follower.

We live right at the 
Door County , Wisconsin line.
Do you know what 
is famous for?
Can you guess?
Yep!  Cherries!
NOPE- I am NOT sending the cherry branch!
SO....
WHAT do you need to make a pie?
Well, besides CHERRIES THAT IS!
You might need a
PIE PAN
Did I mention that it is RED? (like cherries)
Oh- Isn't it a beauty?

Now, before you start your pie you might want to
WASH YOUR HANDS with a 
DISHTOWEL.
A RED& WHITE DISHTOWEL

Lets, see-what else do we need (besides cherries)

You might want to slip this nifty little gadget into the pie
BEFORE YOU BAKE IT.
It makes removing that first piece of pie
a piece of cake-
(little play on baking terms there)
AND
You MIGHT need a CRUST SHIELD
 to keep your crust edges
from burning..
If you have never used one of these you will 
LOVE IT!
And you NEED A BIRD!
I'll flip you one!
Here he is!
Is he cute or what?
Hmmmmmm....
Well, AFTER the pie is baked you MIGHT want to
remove it from the oven with a
HOT PAD & AN OVEN MITT
Yes-Yes-
They are red!

And you don't want to set a hot pie on
 your countertop
so you need a
TRIVET.
Did you notice anything?
IT'S RED!
See a theme here do you?
Are you seeing red yet?

And, after all that hard work baking
you might want to sit down with a cuppa
DOOR COUNTY COFFEE!
How does Cherry Creme sound?
Well, here it is all massed together...
Sooooo..
Do you think YOU could 
BAKE A CHERRY PIE
if you won?
Now WHAT do you have to DO to win?
Ready?
There are only 
TWENTY ONE STEPS
and you, too, can
sign up to win.
Are you 'seeing red' when you 
read that about all those steps?
Okay- I might have lied about the
TWENTY ONE STEPS!

ALL you HAVE TO DO is 
BE A FOLLOWER and tell me you
WANT TO WIN!
That's it!
Easy-Peasy!
Leave me a comment and let me know
you want to win!
If you are new you are most welcome,too.
Sign up as a follower and throw your
name in the hat...or the pie pan~

You have SIX DAYS to sign up.
Entries will end Tuesday, April 22nd, noon.

Maybe you can get SweetCheeks to work her magic
and pick YOUR name!
She always gets dressed for the occasion...
See?
She MIGHT be missing a few teeth now though!

You will know by next Wednesday, April 23td
who the winner is.

This is open to anyone in the contiguous 
United States AND Canada.
Sorry- I can't ship out of the country.
Good Luck & THANK YOU ALL
so much for being part of my life here
in Blogland!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Romantic Homes- May 2014 Issue Review

Looking for BEAUTY?
Charlotte Ann Fidler has a 14 page spread!
OH MY-It's beautiful!

That is just one photo inside this month of
..
Sadly, still no blogger features in the front
but there is plenty of great content. 
Another little peek at the home of

The next three pictures are of 
the  beautiful home of 
Krasimir  & Neli Petrova Kireva
and is located in Bulgaria
&
&
Three photos above:Jo-Anne Coletti/Photos:Neli Petrova Kireva

White Chic not for you?
How about this elegant room?
This home belongs to a client of
and is classic Greenwich, Connecticut style.
She has a gorgeous website.

And-We must see at least one beautiful tea set.

As for me?
I'll take my tea in a setting like this:
Which brings us right back to the home of 

So, there you have it.
The May issue is full of beauty
and dreams-come-true.

Be back tomorrow to talk
about my giveaway!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Drama Queen In The Family & Old King Cole

It was just a simple request.
We simply said...
Baby Bright Eyes,
Say your prayers....
and this is what we got!
MyHero wonders how she can breathe.
We were wondering the same thing about him.
Oh- Wait!
I see his nose has been left out.
One of these days I am going to be
"done in".
Should I go missing please 
notify the authorities,
will ya?

Busy, busy day today.
I will check in as I can!