Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas y'all!

Got these from Gemma's breeder this morning & just have to share!  I can't wait to pick her up in early January & get her home to love on her daily.




Monday, December 19, 2011

Latte Macchiato aka Gemma Kitteh

My year has been rough at best, and my husband was at his wit's end trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas this year.  He kept asking all kinds of questions, and picking at my brain in his quest to make me smile and help my year end on a happier note.

He has done so.  Thanks to a horse friend, who also has these insanely gorgeous Ragdoll cats, he has found the exact perfect gift for me...a Ragdoll kitten to be my companion and cuddle buddy.  She is just stunning and has the most incredibly beautiful blue eyes.  I can't wait for the next 3 weeks to pass by so I can bring her home to stay.  Oh, and she is a seal bi-color like her mama Sadie.

Presenting Gemma:



Monday, December 12, 2011

New (to me) Car

So, as previously discussed, the Durango has breathed its last & is finally gone, gone, gone.  Thank goodness y'all.  I'd have liked to have shot that thing just for kicks & giggles.  That left us with the VW, which is back at the shop as I type.  OY VEY!

Anyhow, long story made shorter, we went out to peruse cars over the weekend, and after finally going to the dealership I kept mentioning, we were told we qualified for some very decent cars.  I would change the color if I had a way, just to keep it honest, but oh my lanta, this thing is a keeper man!  It is loaded & drives like a beast.  Loving it.

It is a Nissan Murano SE, chardonnay in color, sunroof, Bose sound system w/ 6-CD in-dash load & surround sound speakers, V6 auto/manual, AWD, sidebag curtains plus the usual airbags, all-season floor mat in the cargo area w/ shade & net.  So if I can find a suitable pet barrier Suki can finally ride along w/ me occasionally.  Yeah!  There are more features, but I can't remember what they are presently, something like it automatically adjusts the weight distribution, braking power, AWD, and transmission as needed, etc., and so on.  I'm tickled plum pink is what I am.

Here it is...


Monday, December 5, 2011

Like An 80's Flashback

My dreams last night had me back in high school & it was wonderful.  All that youth, that flexibility, the stamina, the ability to do backflips, handstands, hang by my heels from steel bars.  WOW!  I don't miss big hair, parachute pants, or certain other things, but my gosh do I miss younger me.  She was strong, pain free, and had such spunk.

That green eyed, freckle faced girl with the hair that looked brown until the sunlight hit it, setting it on fire and letting it spark auburn.  I can't believe I hated that hair & those freckles.  What an idiot I was.  I thought so many wrong things.  Wouldn't it be lovely to go back in time and converse with our younger selves, to tell them not to worry so much, that they are amazing people, and to believe in themselves & hang in there?  I think it would rock.

I do miss 7-11 Super Big Gulps, being able to eat half a large pizza and not fear gaining any weight or having heartburn.  I miss the music.  I miss my friends.  Those crazy, fun, loyal, and awesome friends.  I'm still in touch with several of them and it's nice.  But they're so very far away, or rather I am.  Several of us are grandparents, or soon to be, and one of us adopted late in life, so is parenting a pre-schooler...and my goodness, what a cutie pie he is!

Butchie is a lawyer with his own practice, holds several degrees, including one in special education.  Squirrel is a cashier and a loving grandma.  Lizard works in computers for a huge firm back home, is a grandpa, and is fighting medical issues galore.  I'm back in college & also coming closer & closer to be a 1st time grandma.  I am so psyched about holding little Sora Riley for the very first time, whispering in her tiny seashell ear how amazing she is, how much she is loved, and how her Gigi believes she will do anything, be anything she wants to be.  How nothing and no one will stand in her way.

Getting to see her, hold her, say those things, teach her things I love to do, watch her grow & learn, become a toddler, a little girl, a teen, an amazing woman, all make days like today when walking hurts, okay.  She isn't even here yet and she is the wind beneath my wings, making me push upward & onward. I love you to the moon & back Sora Riley!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

I found my silver lining while composing this post!

I have been seriously feeling overwhelmed & bummed out.  Maxed out.  Worn out.  Worn down.  Run down.  It's bad.  It's the when it rains, it pours syndrome I think.  Our Dodge Durango went in for some repairs due to having hit a rather large deer.  Now we knew that the radiator was cracked, that there was some body damage, etc., but we did not expect engine damage, nor did the insurance adjuster/claims assessor dude.

Um yeah, so there was engine damage actually, and it was extensive, and after a big repair we picked it up only to break down on the way home, and a few miles from the house.  It was winched onto a flatbed trailer & hauled back down, and after several diagnostics were run, which are not cheap let me just get that out there, they tell us the engine is shot & cannot be saved.

Then there is the VW Cabrio, which has been in the shop for several weeks as well.  Oh, and the Durango was in for an entire month  mind  you.  They replaced the transmission, we picked it up, and the shaking & noise pissed me off.  It was much worse than when I took it in there.  Then I get it home & parked and then started puking.  The fumes coming off the engine made me sick & the smell of the burning was pretty intense.  Yeah, so guess where my car is now?  Yup, back in the freaking shop, and to the tune of another $400+ on top of the other $300+ we just paid a few days ago.  Not. Freaking. Happy. At. All.  OMFG!  Seriously I've just had it.  All of our savings is now gone with all the co-pays & expenses on these vehicles.

I worked so hard to build that up, to have something for the future, and to be able to move out of here.  Finally.  Now I wonder if I'll ever be able to do that.  I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that I may well be here in PA for a long time to come, and I'm not curling up in a fetal ball weeping hysterically, so that's good, I guess.

I was going to use some of my money in the savings to help one of my kids out by putting a transmission into the Civic I bought from my son.  He has a Jetta now & I bought the Civic for what he would have gotten at a salvage yard, so not bad.  There is a lot of new body work & things on it, the tires aren't bad, and it's in really good shape.  Just needs that tranny.  But now I have no money at all.  There is $15 in my checking account and all that's left in savings is what is needed to keep it active so they won't stick a ton of fees & charges on me for not having the minimum in there.  Oy!

Thanking my lucky stars I did my Christmas shopping early this year & that it is all finished up.  Seriously, I would not be able to hold on to my anger if I'd missed out on shopping for things for my kids and my mom.  I like to gift the people I love with things I think they're really going to like/love/appreciate and can use, etc.  Mom went with me again this year and added to what I've gotten them already, and so there is no doubt in my mind the 4 kids will like what they're getting, and my son-in-law too.  He is in the Navy now & has been away since Labor Day for boot camp & now training school.  I'm so proud of him for doing this, and even more proud of my daughter for being strong through it.  I can only imagine how hard it is to miss your husband like that, and being apart for their 1st anniversary, etc.  She is amazing to me.

Timmy & Beth & the get away car

Liv, Beth, Timmy & Kait

Beth & Timmy

Isn't she beautiful?  Not that they aren't all gorgeous, they are.  My kids take my breath away they are so beautiful in my opinion.  I know all moms say that, but they leave me in awe in so many, many ways.  All the time.  Tim, Beth, and Kait have gone down to the deep south & rebuilt after Katrina, they volunteer with youth in several ways, teach at church, and so on.  My son and the way he is there for his friends when they really don't have anyone else, Liv with her pregnancy & all she & little Sora have faced.  I am in love with my children & am so very blessed beyond measure to have them in my life.

Kait & Beth

Kait & Matty

My silly, beautiful girls!

Matt & Kait

Bethy & Kait

My niece Erika, Kait, me, Bethy & Liv

Sora Riley, my 1st granddaughter, due 2/4/12




Monday, November 28, 2011

Picture Post

My day today included shopping with my crazy mom & eating out when we needed a break.  We went to Denny's 'cause she loves it there & we decided to try the red velvet pancake puppies...okay, okay, you got me.  I decided we should try them.  I do love red velvet!  One looked very puppy like indeed lol:


We found a wreath we both liked & a new hanger for it also.  I love the colors of the berries mixed with the pinecones & greenery.


My first grandbaby is a girl & she is due February 4th.  I am loving the 4D ultrasound pics of her so much, they really show up nicely.  Then this past Saturday my eldest daughter, Beth, held a shower for Liv, the preggo, and it was such a fabulous time of family & friends celebrating a new life!  There was a recurring giraffe theme as Liv adores them, hope Sora does also lol.  Oh, and her name is Sora Riley. I can't wait to hold & kiss her!

Ultrasound of Sora in an autographed frame

Cute huh? Jana's Bakery in Chambersburg did the honors!

Part of the gifts

It was held at one of my personal all time fave places to be.  Especially around here.  I'm not known as a huge fan of living in PA, nor of Chambersburg, not in any way, shape, or form.  However, I've been working on that, trying to find things I love, like, adore, admire.  It helps.  C&C Coffee House on the square in Chambersburg, selling coffees roasted locally by Abednego Coffee Company...YUM!




I also finally painted.  Not to entirely sure I love it much, but everyone else seems to like it rather a lot, so I decided why not share it with all y'all as well.


Randomness for the just because factor...oh, not really.  I love squirrels & am a massage therapist in training, so I lied.  But you don't care because face it, it's just too stinkin' cute!  Right? :)







Friday, November 11, 2011

Voila

My contribution to yesterday's National Vanilla Cupcake Day.  Vanilla cake w/ whipped cocoa fudge icing and sprinkled w/ vanilla crystal sugar.  Delicious.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

That's right, National Vanilla Cupcake Day.  Accept it.  National Cupcake Day is in December.  Gotta love America, Americans, and their love of food.  I accept it, after all who doesn't love cupcakes, especially the purity of vanilla.  Mmhmm.  That and a good cup o' Joe to wash it down.  Yum.

I am not in school this morning, nor will I be at work this afternoon, and I'm not really okay with that.  I love school, work is okay, I mean, hey, small or nearly non-existant aside, I do get paid.  Sorta.  I'm going to be on the phone with a certain doctor today trying to get some answers about my daughter's pregnancy issues and those damn headaches.

I will also be baking some vanilla cupcakes and icing them in whipped vanilla.  Just thought you should know that.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Proud to be blue!

So a few quarters back I began calling the massage therapy students Smurfs due to their blue scrubs.  As it turns out the head of the department is a huge fan of the crew in blue, and we dubbed him Papa Smurf, of course.  Anyhow, I love all my fellow Smurfs & am feeling very blessed at the moment to be a girl in blue myself.  They are just the best!  Truly.

I honestly would be lost without them in my life.  The gift of listening, sharing, giving is so overflowing & abundant in these people it blows my mind.  I seriously love them so much.  Being part of their lives truly makes my own rich and enjoyable.

In their honor I have only this left to say:


Friday, November 4, 2011

And then...

I didn't get to go to school dressed as Minnie Mouse.  Color me disappointed.  It's a long, sad story that doesn't bear repeating, so I'll spare you the details.

The bake sale made over $160 and we were pleased.  Now we're hoping they'll send someone down to get it in person and that a reporter from the local paper will record the event of us handing the donation over to them.  Everyone thought my cupcakes were from a store; not sure if I should be pleased or disappointed in that.  Hmm.

Also, I love giving massages to people.  Especially people who really seem to need one and are so thankful that someone is trying to help them feel better.  It's a good, good feeling I must say.

I want to paint.  I am upset with myself for not having begun one as of yet, and I hope to remedy that this weekend.  We shall see eh?  This weekend.  I am supposed to go up to the school tomorrow and help give chair massages to people coming through the open house, and I do rather need to make up a bit of time, so I probably will.  Just the car is struggling, and I don't want to drive that commute on a weekend.  Ugh.  I do, however, want to do the massages.

Anyhow, that is all.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snowing

Awoke to heavy, wet snow falling.  Ugh.  Not a fan.  We went shopping and I now have some very lovely apples, the caramel, the sticks, bags, and most of the toppings I want to roll them in.  I also have decorations galore for the cupcakes I'm making.  I have some I'm going to put ghost Peeps on, then the giant candy corn on others, and so on.  I am also doing a striped piped black & green frosting for some.  Such fun.

I think if the weather keeps up that I'll be wearing regular clothes & possibly boots to school on Monday, then putting the costume on there.  It's so nasty out there.  Yuck and brr.  Ick.  Blah.  Can you tell I'm not at all happy about this?  Yeah, so over winter, snow, ice, and so on.  Boo.  If only I had the funds to move to California, then I'd be a happy camper oh yeah!

Perhaps a lovely Streamliner decked out to my liking and parked in Malibu a la' Matthew McConaughey who lived in a really nice one for years in the Malibu Beach RV Park.  Lucky.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blah Blah Sick...

and tired of it too.  I loathe being ill.  Completely and utterly loathe being sick.  Truly.

And enough of that.  So, stuck on the couch the past few days, and today the weather is slightly gloomy adding to the mood.  I have my homework caught up, so it's going to be me, Audrey, and some other lovely classics today.  That and plenty of hot java juice.  I do so love my coffee!

I am determined to be well by this weekend.  I have so much to do.  I talked my department head at school into us holding a benefit bake sale & there is no way on this earth I'm going to miss out on that!  Oh hell no!  I have caramel apples to make, cupcakes to bake, things to put into these adorable little bags I found.  Yikes.  I need to be well & able to go shopping for supplies tomorrow or early Saturday, and then make & bake all weekend.

That and several of the advanced students are going to give chair massages for donations, and hey, I'm not one to pass that opportunity by let me tell you.  I am so past needing worked on it isn't funny.  By Monday I'm going to be twisted into so many knots they won't know where to begin.  Sigh.

One of the cupcakes I've got planned is Candy Corn.  I want to do bi-colored batter in orange and yellow, then white buttercream frosting and I have these adorable giant gummi candy corn I'm going to put on top.  Too cute!  We'll see how much energy I have after making those & the apples.  If there is any left I may also make chocolate crinkle cookies.  Yum.

Ooh, and there is also going to be costume contests that afternoon in the same room we're having our sale, and I hope to enter in the classic division.  What's more classic than Minnie Mouse right?  If I don't zombie out that is.


Friday, October 21, 2011

TaDa!

And we have yellow shoes people!  Oh yeah!  I'm going to kick ass as Minerva Mouse, you betcha sweet bootay I am!  HA!



10 Days!

Until Halloween that is.  I am so psyched for this day this year.  My college has even decided to hold costume contests for students & faculty & staff, woot!  Then I had asked my department head if we could sponsor a bake sale to benefit breast cancer and was given permission.  I'm holding it on Halloween.

No better day to buy & enjoy cupcakes, cookies, caramel apples, and so on.  Right?  We're going to be at school all day, and when they walk by our table they won't be able to resist the goodies.  At least that's the plan Stan.

So, the company I ordered my shoes from flaked out completely on me, and now I have no shoes coming at all.  They were out of stock, even though they had posted in large, block print that they were available and in stock when I placed the order, and none of the retailers who sell for them had them either.  SOL is what I am regarding the shoes I need to complete my costume.  Asshats!

I was hoping to enter the Classic contest at school.  What is Minnie if not a genuine America Classic right?  Hells yeah.  I need some yellow shoes dude.  Darn.  Back to shopping.  Not to mention I need someone who will get them to me in record time.  Seriously, we have 10 days people, no time to piss around and take your sweet ass time delivering them.

I hope I remember to take my cameras to school that day.  Ha.  I can see it now, I get there and set up the bake sale, get in costume, and no cameras to be found.  I'd be so steamed.  Not like I'd have time to run home & grab them either.  Not with an hour each way commute.  No freaking way.  I guess I should put a sticky note on the computer to remind myself.  LOL!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Grumble Grumble

So, it's been a week-ish since they were (supposedly) mailed out and still no yellow shoes have arrived.  Two packages came that were ordered much, much later from other places though.  GRR!  They're literally the last piece of the whole puzzle that is becoming Minnie Mouse on Halloween.  I need my shoes! (In my head it sounds like the Queen of Hearts as played by Helena Bonham Carter saying, "I want my cwown!")

Okay.

I made pumpkin whoopie pies w/ maple cream filling from scratch yesterday and they were so good.  Not perfect, but so good.  I need to put a fine tuning on the cream though.  I tweaked the flavor to be more spiced & not merely sweet & mapley, but it needs to be firmer.

Still working out a really good, moist red velvet one and now going to work out a pink velvet one as well since it's breast cancer awareness month.  Huge supporter & hoping to have a BCA cupcake sale at school...details need worked out, need approval, etc.  Gawd I hate red tape!  GRR!

And then...

it's been a lovely Indian Summer here.  Seriously surprised by how nice it is, not that PA is going to win me over now, sorry, it's too little too late.  That said, it doesn't mean I won't take advantage and enjoy the crap out of it.  I am so going to enjoy these blue skies & low humidity days!  Puking or no puking.

Oh yeah.  GRR!  So, I'm pretty much puking every single day.  Sometimes with warning, sometimes not so much.  It sucks.  A lot!  GRR GRR GRR!  I sincerely loathe vomiting.  For real!  Though if this keeps up I could most likely do it on command.  Hmm, is there a call for that sort of thing?  Gawd, that's just gross isn't it?  Ewww!

What's worse than that is dry heaving by the way.  I loathe that even more.  And that is saying a LOT let me tell you.  Dry heaves are a beeyotch man!

Also, I miss riding my horse and this puking thing is pissing me off.  Seriously do not want to be throwing up from in the saddle.  Eww.  GRR!  And oh yeah, gross!

Silver linings:

the leather sofa my MIL gave us is so nice...very comfy, cozy for curling up w/ my throw & pillow & trying not to puke...smells like leather which makes me miss the horse even more, but also is comforting as well!

the silly doggy that at nearly 60 pounds ought not to jump on me, but is trying to be close & cuddly and that's just too stinkin' cute to be grumpy at.  Right?

getting an email from a soldier thanking me for the cup of coffee I gifted him via Cup of Joe for a Joe via Facebook.  He wants to be pen pals as well, so I wrote him back saying sure.  Glad to give a smile to someone!

finishing a book by a fave author!  I haven't been able to do that since I started back to school in Jan., so this is a HUGE one!

That's it.  All out of silver & no gold.  For now.

The puppy who jumped on me & made me laugh out loud!

Roza, my horse, my therapist, works cheap.  Love her!

'Cause I like it.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Minerva Mouse package arrived!

Oh yeah!  I got my Minnie costume, ears, and shoe clips today.  So psyched!  Now to await the shoes with the utmost patience.  Yeah right, that's gonna happen.  Anyhow, it fits so well, and I was worried it wouldn't, but it does.  So very happy.  Two sets of ears; one very fluffy fur wise, and one not as fluffy.  The one I like the looks of best is tighter and makes my head ache after a bit.  Boo.  Sigh.

I am so excited for Halloween y'all, so very, very excited!  This rocks and kicks major bootay!  Yup.

No photos because my camera is having fits, no idea at all what is going on, and no $ to have it checked up on yet.  Poop.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Am I a woman or a mouse?




Is it just me, or has nearly every little girl in America loved & wanted to be Minnie Mouse at some point in their life?  I loved her when I was younger, and then didn't give her a lot of thought for a very long time.  My 3 daughters were fans of other Disney ladies; Ariel, Pocahontas, and Mulan.  Not one of them fell for the mouse in the polka dotted dress & bow.

Here I am in my mid-40's and am back in love with Minerva.  She is the Audrey Hepburn of Disneydom in my humble opinion, and who could beat that combo?  Style, class, sweetness, it's all there, and I'm a fan.  I adore her.  For additional delight, my VW Cabrio is cherry red with black interior and top.  I'm going to get a Minnie topper for my antenna and I think I've finally decided on wording for the German plate I want to put on the front of it.

This year I became very determined to dress up & celebrate Halloween.  I feel as though if I put it off any longer, I just won't ever get back into it.  And hey, I do adore and love Halloween.  Truly.  Always a favorite of mine, and I've missed it so.  So this year I've debated back and forth, back and forth...poodle skirt, Minnie, or pirate wench.  Poodle skirt nearly won out, but hey man, I gotta go with my heart & gut, and they are screaming loud & clear for me to be Miss Minerva Mouse okay?  You can't just ignore that man.

Stay tuned for photos...and hey, I do actually intend to not only allow photos of me to be taken, but to post them as well.  You'll see.