Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In a Nutshell...

I am having writer's block. Any advice? I have typed several things today and just erased them. Have a good day!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I Made It From Scratch #2

I told you last week that Stephanie will be hosting a weekly Make it From Scratch Carnival. Make sure you go visit on Tuesday so you can see all the other entries. I decided, since I don't usually post on Sunday's...it will be my new Sunday thing to write about while Jake is watching his 5 hours of NASCAR (remember I only like the last 50 laps).

Last week my parents came to visit. I always try to cook a nice meal while they are here. I made the most delicious dish (chicken breast with a wild (well, wild from the grocery store) mushroom sauce). It was so good. But that isn't what I am using as my entry for the carnival. I just wanted to tell you about it. Ha. I did however, make a cake from scratch. Isn't that exciting? For some of you it might not be a big deal but for me....well, it requires measuring so - it was a very big deal. The cake I picked came from a cookbook I received as a Christmas gift from Stephanie and I used an ingredient she gave me (more on that later) so I figured it was an appropriate entry!!!! If you have been a follower of my blog very long you know I LOVE blackberries. The cake is Jam Cake made from Blackberry Jam. I guess Jam cakes used to be really popular in the south and there are many variations. I liked this recipe because you really tasted the fruit & it turned out incredibly moist. I did have a little glitch. The recipe said to use a tube pan???? I thought what in the heck is a tube cake pan? It sounds a little like a bundt pan so I just used one of those. The cake mix was nearly to the top of the pan and did spill over a little. Luckily I expected that outcome so I put a pan underneath to catch it. I did have to cook it a little longer so it did get a little brown on the edges but it didn't take away from the great flavor.
So, here is the recipe. I hope you try it. Let me know if you do.

Jam Cake
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves

4 eggs
1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 1/2 cups blackberry jam
1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups of flour
1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Cream butter & sugar: add eggs & blackberry jam. Beat thoroughly. Sift flour, measure and resift with baking soda, salt and spices; add alternately with milk to the first mixture. Beat well; pour into well-greased tube cake pan. Bake for about 55 minutes at 350 degrees.

I didn't add the cloves & nutmeg but did throw in an extra teaspoon of cinnamon.
I sent half of the cake to my sister's house and they loved it as well. I heard it didn't last through the night. So...I guess my first "from scratch" cake was a success!!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Moonshine...Do You Really Know About It?

Moonshine probably isn't something you have spent a lot of time thinking about, especially if you are from the North. Last week-end Jake & I watched this very interesting show on National Geographic that was about Moonshine. While watching it I thought....hmmmmm....I have my own "moonshine" story...I could probably write a blog about MOONSHINE. So here I am. Before we begin, I would like to give a couple of "disclaimers". First - Moonshine is illegal. I am not promoting it or suggesting in any way that you should go on a moonshine hunt and try it for yourself. Second - Well, try not to judge me for my past.

Back when I was younger and single I took a trip to Tennessee, by myself. My parents had just moved there and I took my vacation in the summer to visit them. During that time, I was working at Joe's with a wild and crazy group of people. They knew I was headed for the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains for my luxurious vacation. I took a little teasing but didn't mind. One guy suggested that while I was there, maybe I could score him some Moonshine. He had never tried it but wanted to. I said it shouldn't be a problem....I know enough people on the "bend the rules" side of the law...if you know what I mean. So, when I got to Scott County, I thought it would be a breeze. I was wrong. Trust me...it is not that the stuff isn't there - oh, it is. But it is very guarded & "underground". I started with my closest resource who might know. He said he didn't know anyone that had any for sale but pointed me in the direction of someone that might. Since it has been so long the details are a little foggy but one of my cousins went with me (G, was it you? If not it was your brother or possibly J). Either way, we went to this house that was being built to ask the guys building it (where my source pointed me) if they knew where I could purchase some good Moonshine. Of course, I was met with skepticism. Why would a prissy little Northern girl want Moonshine? I am sure they thought I was ridiculous. None of them owned up to having any or knowing where I could get some...but they did have lots of advice. One guy warned that I be careful because Moonshine can be deadly. One drink and you can go blind. After watching that show I guess that is some type of "Rural Legend" because most Moonshine these days is pretty clean. Back in the day people would put all sorts of deadly stuff in it. Most people make it pretty pure now. But there are still some dangers. Let me explain....first of all, for those of you that don't really know anything about Moonshine - It is a homemade whiskey made from corn. It is simple to make and very strong. One of the problems that comes up it the actual alcohol content of the stuff. It can be extremely strong. The other problem is that people use the old stills from back in the day and many of them have been repaired with lead, which gets in the moonshine and can have long term, deadly effects. Do you know why Moonshine is illegal? Because the government can't tax it. Making homemade wine and selling it is also illegal. The show we were watching showed this operation that was bringing in about $50,000 a WEEK from Moonshine. I guess that is why some states have their own task force to keep an eye on this kind of stuff. Also, many times where they find a Moonshine still, they find other illegal activity (i.e. Meth Labs). Once while I was visiting my parents, there was a man who lived up the road from them that went to jail for running a moonshine still (where was he when I wanted to get some????). I never did purchase any. I did however partake in a shot of the stuff.....whew.....one was enough for me. I think I could have bought a list of drugs before I got my hands on the secretive Moonshine. It was fun trying to find it though... BTW....I never knew this but NASCAR actually started because of Moonshine. I am dead serious. The moonshine runners would modify their cars to run faster and to haul ridiculously heavy loads of Moonshine. The goal was to outrun the law. And that they did. Next thing you know, these guys are racing each other and winning money for it. When NASCAR first started there were guys who were actual Moonshine runners, who also raced professionally. Isn't that something?

The deep south is really so much different that where I came from. There are so many interesting things to tell. Next time, maybe I will tell you about the Chicken Fights. I know way too much about this stuff, don't ya think????

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #15....How to Save the World (Together We Can Do It!!!)

Maybe you are a bit skeptical....I've been there. But haven't you always heard the old saying....Believing is half the battle? Well, I don't know if that is really an old saying but I think it is true. I BELIEVE each one of us can make the world a better place and can truly make a difference. So...for my grand finale (this is the "last" TT, until someone takes it over, which I am confident someone will....come on!) I am going to tell you Thirteen Wonderful things you can do to Save the World!

1. Volunteer!!! Well, you knew that would be on the list, right? How many of you have really volunteered before? It isn't that difficult and it doesn't have to be very time consuming, either. For those of you that don't know, I am a certified Volunteer Manager & Grant Writer. I like to think I have a "gift" for motivating people in this area. Most people think you have to leave your home or spend a lot of time to volunteer. Here are some volunteer opportunities I have had in the past: folding brochure packets for the Battered Women's Shelter, clean up trash at a park, spread mulch at a Public Children's Garden, worked with teen's that lived at the Children's Services receiving unit (I plucked eyebrows & did crafts), made Christmas ornaments for the people at a nursing home and I've pulled weeds at a farm that gives food to the local food bank.

2. Know what is going on Locally. You should understand & know the people who represent you and what the local issues are. Everyone whines about the president & congress (yes, they are important) but the people who are the closest to you and you may have a chance of influencing....people don't even know them! Read the newspaper, listen to the radio, attend town meetings, join a community watch group!!!!

3. Relay for Life. Well, this is my own personal agenda. My sister has been doing the Relay for years. Last year was my first and I wasn't that involved. This year I am on a team and currently collecting items for a silent auction! This is an event that can be fun and very moving. Even if you don't want to walk, raise money or stuff like that you can attend the events. There is always yummy food, games and raffles (etc....). Most communities have a Relay for Life. Check it out!

4. Pray (well duh!!!). We all have a direct line to the big guy - USE IT!!!!

5. Love EVERYONE!!! This is harder than you may think. For the spiritual crowd...remember Jesus died for my sins, your sins and those people who commit really REALLY horrible sins. How would you feel if a woman that who is on trail for killing her child showed up at your church? What if it was a gay couple? An abortion doctor? We may not understand everyone's sins but rest assure we all have them. As Christians we tend to pick the sins we don't like and then hate/dislike those people who commit them. But do we hate the glutton? The unwed mother? Someone who had premarital sex? The gossip? Well, the list could go on & on. My point is....stop being hateful and start loving!!!!!

6. Spread the Love!!! Do nice things for people who aren't expecting you to do nice things for them. Shovel the snow for a neighbor, rake someone's leaves, pick up a few groceries for a friend who is busy, pick up the tab for a stranger, etc.... People don't have to be sick or poor or old for you to show them you love them. Send a card to someone just to let them know you are thinking about them. Oh....the list is endless.

7. Smile. It is contagious.

8. Be Friendly. Don't underestimate the power of a kind word - even if you are a stranger. Be a friend to everyone.

9. Care about the Environment. I know, some of you are rolling your eyes. I am not saying to get all nutty neurotic BUT you should care about the earth. Plant a tree, recycle, conserve water and stop using so many stinkin' chemicals.

10. Take a Service Vacation. I haven't done this before but I would like to. Plan a trip and a project. It would be nice to get away and do something good for the world. There are all sorts of things you can do! You don't have to be a missionary in Nepal to make a difference.

11. Donate your hair to Locks of Love. I also have not done this because I could never grow my hair out long enough to do it BUT.... it is a great cause! Stephanie recently did it, check it out!

12. Donate other stuff!!! We all have stuff sitting around that we don't use or rarely use. Think about donating it to Goodwill, The Salvation Army or one of the many local places that help people who are homeless or low income. Don't just give them the junk. Although, one man's junk is another's treasure - many times people only pass along their trash. Also, there is a web-site(Freecycle) - where you can offer your free stuff to other local people. In fact, their motto is "Changing the world one gift at a time". How nice.

13. Write a Blog!!! Maybe you will be someone's free entertainment, maybe you will share something you are going through that someone else has been through and is grateful to know they aren't alone, maybe you will offer much needed advice or just open someone else's eyes. Now get out there and start Changing Your World!!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Make It From Scratch Carnival....

Last week, Stephanie, from Stop the Ride hosted a little contest called Make It From Scratch. Basically you make something from scratch, post about it and send her the link. On Valentine's day she posted them in Carnival style. It was fun. I made caramels and cards. You can read about all the other great things when you visit her blog. But....getting to the point....it was so much fun that Stephanie decided to do it on a regular basis. The purpose is to encourage people to try to make things from scratch and then share your experience. It is okay if your attempt was a flop....we still want to know. The first Carnival is planned for Feb. 27th. So get your entries to her soon. I suggest stopping by and checking out all of the "official" rules. I am very tired and might not be making sense. Ha ha. BTW...I have already made my from scratch item... I am so ahead of the game.... now if I could just find time to write about it and all the other things I have on my list!

What a Steal....

Yesterday my parents were in town for a very brief visit. My mom always likes to go to Gabriel Brothers while she is in the area. They don't have a Gabe's near her (well, nothing is really near her but there isn't one within a days drive!). Jake & I went to there on Saturday and I noticed they were having a clearance sale. Everything that had been previously marked down was now marked DIRT CHEAP!!! Everything marked $10 and under was now $1!!!! I wasn't really in the mood to dig through the clothes but I noticed they had an entire wall full of table cloths, shower curtains, curtains, sheets, etc.... I figured, if nothing else I would find some nice fabric. The first thing I stumbled upon was a 3 piece crib set. It is yellow (not my first choice) but I don't know what I am having yet and yellow would go with either. I haven't decorated a "nursery" for any of my children thus far but I do use a bumper on the crib. I gave my sister my boy one and she gave me her girl one. After two kids it isn't looking so hot. So, I figured for $1 I couldn't go wrong. The set came with the bumper, a crib sheet and blanket. Now, if $1 wasn't good enough....when I came home I looked the set up on line and they sell it at Babies R Us for $58!!!!!! Can you believe it? I wish they had more. I'd go back and buy them all...for gifts and to sell on ebay. That was my first find. Then I searched through the curtains. We have lived in this house since June and still don't have any window treatments. Really....I am not that into decorating. My style is plain. But I had been contemplating something for the windows for a while. I quickly found that most curtains were not the size I needed and if I did find the size...there was only one. Bummer???? No. I ended up buying a really long curtain that I can cut and sew (it is just a straight line) into valances for my kitchen and living room. Isn't that exciting? Then I bought an extra for the fabric. I ended up with A crib set, curtains for my kitchen, living room, extra fabric, a cheese shredder and more socks for Elise all for under $12!!!! I did breeze through the clothes and they had these Juicy Couture (very VERY expensive) sweatshirts that were missing zippers for $1. A Juicy hoody can cost up to $100 retail. I also found a pair of Lucky Brand jeans (retail $114) for $24.99. I called Jake and asked him if he wanted them and he declined because they had a little design embroidered on the pocket (apparently too metro for him).

Overall, it was a fun trip. Now I have to get that sewing machine out!!!

Wordless Wednesday...Is that a week-old BABY in there???

Monday, February 19, 2007

I don't have time....

I don't really have time to be writing but I couldn't resist. The Millers had a great week-end. We didn't really do much of anything exciting. We did go out to dinner with two other couples on Friday night. It was a lot of fun. I ate a TON of food. It tasted so good. Unfortunately it made me sick for most of Saturday. After dinner we went to this other place called the Noisy Oyster and the guys ate more food!!!! I was stuffed and couldn't bear the thought of another bite. I don't know how they do it. Anyhoo....Saturday we went on a brief shopping trip. I bought Elise 3 pair of socks. I know, not much of anything. Sunday we went to church. It was a great service. Then we rushed home, ate lunch, then headed over to the Pastor's house for a membership class. It was nice to get to know some of the other newbies. There were 11 of us all together. After that we came home and watched the Daytona 500. Well, I actually slept for an hour or so (which I like to do during NASCAR races. I did wake up for the last 50 laps, which are always, by far the most exciting. There were three wrecks. One was huge. One guy even crossed the finish line on his hood! It was a photo finish and the guy I really wanted to win (Mark Martin) lost again (his 23rd time). It was disappointing but exciting nonetheless. If you are one of those people that thinks NASCAR is boring - you must not understand it. Once you learn a little about the racers personalities and the rules of the game, it is as good as any daytime soap. In fact, my next blog post (maybe later today....if I get my work done) is going to be about NASCAR & Moonshine (another Scott County post if you were wondering ha ha). Until then have a fabulous Monday!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #14,,,,Projects I want to do!

Current Temp: -2 degrees F
Wind Chill: -12 degrees F

I have a habit of planning to do things that take forever to get underway. Sometimes I even buy the stuff or part of the stuff and carry it around for years before I actually get to it. Am I the only one that does this??? I doubt it. So, here is a list of projects I want to do but haven't yet!

1. My Mosaic table. I bought this antique coffee table and 2 end tables a couple of summers ago. I have thought of designs and planned but I was sorta waiting until we bought a house. Also the mosaic pieces are pretty expensive so that was prohibiting me. BUT....just last week my pottery teacher told me I could make my own mosaic pieces. How awesome. So I will be starting that project soon!

2. My quilt. I started this beautiful red & white, courthouse step quilt about 3-4 years ago but I haven't worked on it in at least 2! I do want to finish it. Maybe I will make it for Elise's big girl bed. That still gives me some time!

3. Scrapbooks!!!! I am so behind. I've only done Jude's first year and a couple of pages of Elise's first year. I did get out wedding done but I have thousand of pics that need to be preserved!

4. Print out all my pictures. I am going to send them somewhere. If you send away for them at Walmart it is cheap but they only do glossy! I can't stand glossy. I am a matte kinda girl!

5. Rag Rug. I started collecting fabric for it 2 Christmas's ago after visiting my cousin. His wife made a very cool round rag rug. I was "inspired" but obviously the inspiration was short lived.

6. Selling stuff I've made. Little craft kits for kids, my pottery, cards, etc... Wow...how clean my basement would be if I did all these things.....

7. Speaking of pictures and scrapbooks. I have tons of old pics I want to scan and email to people I know. I have some great shots. I was (okay still am) the girl with a camera in her hand.

8. Sweater Purses. I have been saving my old sweaters to make things out of them. I saw a blog somewhere that has instruction for it. They look really easy. I guess it would help if I unpacked my sewing machine.

9. My family tree. I started working on this a while ago. I did A LOT of work and research. I could get lost for hours buried in Census reports and on-line research sites. I even went around and took pics of old tomb stones. I really need to organize everything. I did lose some stuff (on-line) when my computer crashed earlier this year so I need to re-input that stuff. Eventually I would like to make a family history book.

10. E Bay selling... Last week I finally did list a few maternity items that don't fit me (thanks to my sister). I made $58, which is more than I ever made at one of my garage sales! So, I have a ton of other stuff I've been saying I am going to list but just haven't gotten around to it. I think that may be my first project tackle!

11. Vinyl Bowls. I just heard about these last week. You make them out of old albums that you melt in the oven. I am so intrigued. I can't wait to try them. Wouldn't it be a cool gift for someone going away to college or getting their first apartment? I think it would be a hit! Get it, a hit? I crack myself up.

12. Teddy Bears. I bought a very cute pattern and some fake fur to make a teddy bear but never even opened the pattern. My mom made dolls and "care bears" for us when we were kids. Wasn't that a nice handmade gift? I want to make stuff for my kids.

13. Baby wearing stuff. I have already made quite a few tube style slings but I would like to branch out. The possibilities are limitless.... I do have a sling or two to make for other people so I guess I should get started on that soon!

Whew....I have a lot of stuff to work on. I thought I'd have a problem coming up with 13 - HA!

Have a great Thursday! Hopefully you are warmer than us. The temp dropped to -3 degrees F since I have been sitting here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday....Catching Snowflakes

I Made It!

Stephanie set up a contest where you make something from scratch. I read the rules and immediately I thought I would make homemade Valentine's treats! My mom got my a subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine for Christmas and I had just read this article describing the wonderful treats she made and placed in a homemade Valentine Heart shaped box! I opted out on the box and I wasn't into her complicated candies so I decided to rely on my old trusty cookbooks! I picked out several candy recipes and made a short little list of who would be my "Valentine's". I had big dreams. In the end I only ended up making three things but I guess that is okay....the contest was for one thing. Here is what I made.....

1. Homemade Valentine's Cards. Okay, I'll admit this one wasn't a stretch for me at all. I make my own cards all the time. But I did want to share them. Especially since I didn't get around to mailing any out. That is also very typical of me. I may still send a few so, if you get one act like you've never seen it before!

2. I made Chocolate Covered Cherries. I did find a fancy shmancy recipe for them but I did them the way my mom does. I bought a big jar of cherries, froze them and then dipped them in chocolate. I did mess up by just buying chocolate chips instead of the actual melting chip things. I somehow ruined like 3 cups of chips before figuring it all out. I recommend just buying those chocolates used for candies. You can keep the cherries in your fridge for like 3 weeks so I made those last week when we were having subzero weather. I froze them outside since I didn't have room in my freezer! How cleaver, huh? So the cherries worked out great and Jude was able to help. I had to threaten Jake not to touch them because they are for Valentine's Day. To my knowledge he hasn't. I must be scary. ha ha.

3. This is the biggy. I made homemade caramels from scratch. I had been wanting to do this for a long time. I made my first batch last week and used a recipe from a cookbook. I (of course) didn't read the recipe all the way through and mixed the vanilla into the ingredients while they were cooking. It ruined everything. I followed everything else to a t and the caramel came out very dark and it burned. It was too hard to cut or eat. So much for that. But I persisted and went with a different recipe from allrecipes with reviews from people who had actually made the stuff. I decided either my thermometer is off or there was something funky going on with the temp so I didn't let it get as hot as the recipe called for this time. It worked out beautifully. The caramel did end up a little darker than I prefer it but nonetheless I think it is pretty good. Overall it was easy...just a lot of standing by the stove and stirring. It may become a Valentine's tradition in the Miller household!

If you would like to read about more Made from Scratch items visit Stop the Ride today!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Blizzard Dreams....

Not the kind from DQ, either.

Current Temp: 19 degrees F (-6 windchill)
# of Cards I made this week: 0
Time I fell asleep last night: 10:45 P.M.
# of loads of laundry I have to do today: 10ish
Inches of snow we are supposed to get between today & tomorrow: 8-20

I guess there is a storm brewing. Accuweather is predicting 5-10 inches today and then more tonight and tomorrow. They are talking about 25 MPH wind gusts and all sorts of bad stuff. I don't think I will be going anywhere. I should have went to the grocery store yesterday.

Stay tuned....later I will be posting my "Made From Scratch" contest entry.

Have a great day!

Friday, February 09, 2007

So....This Week

Current Temp: 2 degrees F
No. of Cards I Made this week: 17
Time I fell asleep last night: 8:15ish P.M.

Sometimes I get so caught up in the "meme" (still not sure where that word came from) that I forget to tell you what is really going on. So, I will try to catch you all up. I went to the doctor this week. I lost 4 lbs. My doctor didn't seem that surprised or worried. She gave me some tips (the normal things you read in books - except she did say to try to get some fresh air! A bit cold for that right now!). We got to hear the baby's heartbeat. It took the nurse a while to find it....the little booger was hiding. We scheduled my 20ish week ultrasound, which isn't until mid-March. If you were looking to find out if we are having a boy or girl you will have to wait until then. Patience....Patience. I will admit I am excited to find out. I have been thinking girl all along but lately I have been second guessing my gut feeling. I guess there isn't really a way to know until we see for sure. Jude insists it is a boy and he wants to name him Buzz Lightyear or Charlie. Oh, so back to the doctor. She gave me a prescription for Nexium. With Jude & Elise it was a life saver (controlled those stomach acids & heartburn). I was so happy when she gave me that little slip of paper. Jake took it to get it filled and found out our insurance will not cover Nexium until I try out two other meds! I am so annoyed. I was doing a little research and it looks like one of the medications can't even be taken by pregnant women. Jake talked to the insurance company and they said I only have to try the other two (well now I have to call them and tell them I can't take the one) for a week then they will give me the nexium. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal BUT my OB is leaving for New Zealand and won't be here to write out all these prescriptions. ARGGGHHHH. I just can't stand that my insurance company (not my doctor) is deciding what medications I can and cannot take. It is a real injustice!

Yesterday Jude started his Pottery Class. It is for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. It is called Mudpies. I had signed him up around Christmas and he was excited about it. Yesterday he changed his mind. He was in his room yelling, "I am not going to pottery class!!!" After I talked to him about it he decided to go peacefully. I think he was nervous. Once I explained to him it is where I take my class and he would have the same teacher he was okay with it. I decided it would be a good idea to walk. I checked the temp and it was about 25 and the place isn't even a block away so I bundled everyone up, loaded Elise into the stroller (she came to observe) and headed to the Quirk. Well, I learned a lesson yesterday....strollers don't work in the snow. Apparently no one in my neighborhood believes in shoveling their sidewalks (including us). Normally I think they would be clear but this frigid cold and little snow here and there has built up. Either way....we made it there. As I was getting the kids unbundled I asked Elise if that was fun. She said very firmly, "NO". It was cute. In the end, Jude LOVED his class. He made this little heart thing and some other little things. Then he got to help make a "pot" (small bowl) on the wheel. He really liked that part. His class is really only 3 weeks long but he is looking forward to next week.

Well, that is about all the excitement I had this week. Today a friend of mine is coming over and bringing her son to play with Jude. They haven't seen each other in a while so it is exciting for him. I need to get going to try to clean the house (yikes!!!).

Have a great week-end!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #13....Drum Roll Please!!!!!

Here are THIRTEEN things I have made. Please don't be too harsh. I keep my pottery stuff in a box under my scrapbooking table. My teacher thinks that is horrible. I have given a few pieces away....the really good stuff (so you can't see them sorry). The cards are all from my card making obsession the last week or so.

ENJOY and have a fabulous Thursday!!!!



Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tattoo Meme....

Amy tipped me off to a new meme about tattoos! You just take a picture of your tattoo & post it along with the "story" of your tattoo. Then you go to weezie doo and icey, too! , who started this whole thing & tell her about your tat. Oh the fun. BTW.... a 2006 study done by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found that 24% of Americans between 18 & 50 are tattooed!!! The survey also showed that apx. 36% of Americans age 18-29 have at least one tattoo! They are very popular.

I had wanted to get a tattoo for a long time but I kept putting it off. I don't know....I couldn't decide what I wanted and THANK GOD I didn't get some of the things I had planned to get back in the day. After I was about 26 or so I decided I would never get one. One day Jake & I were at a staff meeting for work and we sat next to this guy who is covered in tattoos. Jake starts talking to the guy about them and realizes they all have a Christian theme. Kinda cool. After the meeting Jake informed me he wants to get a tattoo! What???? Are you crazy? He has always been the conservative one & I was the wild child. I was actually upset because I thought he was going through some early adulthood crisis or something. So, he started looking on line at different tattoo designs. He found a Christian Tattoo Association. They had all sorts of designs. I looked a little but still thought he was crazy. I did see one I kinda liked but blew it off as a little stage he was going through. Months later we went to Maine for a little vacation with the family & Jake said, "let's get tattoos." I said, "okay". Just like that I caved in. We went to the place and I had the guy look up the tattoo that I liked on-line. He was all annoyed that I didn't want original art. Tattoo snob, I guess. I didn't care. This little heavily tattooed twig girl did mine. She had a friend who named her son Wolfe. Jake however, did get original art and his is HUGE. Maybe he will post it. Mine is small and on the back of my ankle/leg. The picture isn't the best because I took it myself and I had to sit in a very peculiar position to take the photo. I was 29 & pregnant with my daughter when I got the tattoo. I don't have plans for another but like I said...I didn't have plans for that one either.

Monday, February 05, 2007

New Links....

Okay...I revamped my links. I added some and I changed some of the names. I didn't delete some of the ones that haven't been touched in a while because I am hoping they start to blog again. Hint...hint....

Also, I made my Myspace public again so if you want to look around you can. You need to listen to the song. ha ha ha.

Have a great day. This is my last post for today! Promise.

A Fun Contest...

****Edited Edition*****The contest is Feb. 13th not the 10th as I posted earlier!!! Oops - didn't mean to scare you Steph! Where did I get the 10th???

My sister-in-law, Stephanie, is hosting a contest called Make it From Scratch. Here is what you do. Just make something from scratch. It can be food, a craft, sewing, etc... Whatever you would like. Then you need to post about it and link it to Stephanie's blog. And you need to tell her about it. On Feb. 13th she will post all the links. How fun. I am planning on participating but I am not telling you what I am doing just yet. I want it to be a surprise. There are prizes too!!!! F-U-N!!!

Current Temp.: -2 degrees F.
Number of Cards I made this week-end: 16
Time I fell asleep: 11ish

Proverb for the Day....

"Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong. Trust the LORD and he will make it right." -Proverbs 20:22

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Crazy Saturday....

Current Temp.: 6 degrees F
No. of Cards I Created Yesterday: 20
Time I Fell Asleep Last Night: 8:50ish P.M.

I don't usually post on Saturday but since I didn't really write much of anything this week. I wasn't feeling well most of the week. I can't figure this whole "morning sickness" out. Hopefully it will be gone soon enough. As for the weather.....well, the groundhog did NOT see it's shadow yesterday which, supposedly, means there will be an early spring. I would be so HAPPY. Seriously....wouldn't we all!?

Last night I had the CRAZIEST...and I mean CRAZY-CRAZY dreams. It seems like I dream each time I close my eyes these days. I had a dream when I took a nap. I don't ever remember doing that. Either way, I won't give you all the details but I bet there is a lot of hidden meaning in the weird dream from last night. In one part of the dream House (Hugh Laurie) was my boyfriend or something. Don't worry it wasn't a sexy dream. I was taking care of him when he was strung out on drugs. I also dreamed about riding a wild Indian horse, huge snakes in my backyard, having my clunker truck towed, receiving flowers from someone who had peed on them and then left me a note telling me so and talking with my mouth full of rice. Isn't that the oddest thing? I don't know where some of this stuff comes from.

I have been working on my cards this week. I think I will scan them and post the pics next week. Maybe I will share some of my pottery as well. I am not really happy with anything I have made lately. The best things I've made I gave away. I've probably told you before but most of my stuff is functional. Bowls, cups, serving plates...stuff you can use everyday. I need to branch out. I've been experimenting a little with my glazing. I have always pretty much glazed everything in the same color, because I really like it. I guess that isn't always a bad thing. But I want to branch out.

On another note....Jake sold some stuff on ebay this week and I think we made around $50. It was just junk we had laying around (broken cell phone, GPS dvd, an old phone set we used to use and I don't know what else but I am happy.

Okay...I have to get going. Have a good week-end and try to stay warm.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Comment Glitch......

Okay....some of you may have tried to leave me a comment in the last day or so but weren't able too. I am not sure why BUT....there is some sort of technical glitch that isn't allowing people to view or leave comments. I didn't realize it until my dad called me to tell me he couldn't comment yesterday! He never leaves me comments and when he finally decides to.....well....he can't. So, today I did a little research and I guess there are several people having similar problems. Hopefully blogger will correct it soon. But in the mean time, I do have a temporary solution. Here is what you do...

Go to my comments. You will get that message saying "unable to complete request....blah blah blah". Go to your address bar. That is where web addresses are (ex. www.google.com). I think it says something like www.blogger.com/comment.yada,yada,yada. If you go to that address bar and leave everything the same EXCEPT you have to add the number 2 after the www. It should look like this: www2.blogger.com/comment.yada,yada,yada. Then hit enter. Viola! I don't know who had the time to figure that out but for now I am happy that they had the free time! Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #12 - I don't even know what this list is about....

I have been having some creative issues lately. I can't seem to create. Last night I went to pottery and pretty much stared at the clay. Hmmmm. What to do...what to do.... So I have been sitting here staring at the computer for about a half hour trying to decided what to make my list about today. So my list is just random.... Have a good Thursday & if you have any suggestions to get rid of this creative block (legal advice) please let me know!

1. Black is a color.
2. Who cares about the Super Bowl?
3. Does fish oil make you burp fish?
4. Planners are only effective if you actually write things in them and then look at it later.
5. My cat will not stay off my clean laundry. I guess I should put it away.
6. I love my husband.
7. What am I going to make for dinner? NOTHING sounds appetizing.
8. Jude watches too much T.V.
9. It is supposed to snow everyday for the next week.
10. My kids are sooooo cute.
11. I need to get my pictures printed out. I have thousands.
12. I have a stack of books I need to read.
13. I am going to start selling stuff: pottery, handmade cards, sweater sack purses, and who knows what else. Anyone want to buy anything?