Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Trails to you

Hey everyone, I want to do a post on my Christmas and I will. I am down again with my back. I have a bad back and have suffered since college. Truth is , it can be the smallest thing that can tweak it and then down for the count.  Advil, Bengay, and heating pad is my routine lately.
I'm on vacation this week so I'm hoping I can still get my projects done that I've been hoping to accomplish. 
Have any of you regifted a Christmas gift yet? I actually have this week but the recipient knows it's a regift.  See my sweet aunt gave me a large snowman cookie jar filled with candy. I already have 2 large candy jars and quite frankly I don't have the room for another one and I'm not with the snowman decor. I'm mostly with reindeer and Santa.  Yesterday, I texted my cousin on my moms side, And asked her if she wanted it. She said that hers had actually broke and that she would love to take it off my hands.  
I found a good home for it and I can see it when I visit. That counts right? Is it bad that I so quickly regifted? 
Talk to yall later. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Christmas HOLLIday party

This past Tuesday night I hosted a "girls night in" dinner party.  Weekends are so crazy with parties, shopping, decorating, and more that I decided to have it on a week night. I just told the girls to come over when they got off work.  I served tacos with a build your own bar with all the fixings.  I had dips and chips for appetizers and my friend Debbie made s crab Rangoon dip for us to try.
A friend had posted on my Facebook page last week a fun drink called The Grinch.  I saved it because I knew it would be perfect to serve at party. I bought all the ingredients the day I saw the post.  It's like a punch. It has juice and sprite in it. It was soooo delicious! 
Here's the recipe from Pinterest.
  I  have a leak in my drink dispenser so we could use it to make the punch but we would have to get it out from the top and not the nozzle. The funny thing was that I couldn't find my soup ladle anywhere.  One of the girls  found my turkey baster and said we can use this.  So we did. Hahaha! It took a while to fill 9 cups but it worked. I bought a ladle yesterday on lunch hour so no more turkey baster for drinks.
 
 We grabbed a Grinch hat from my collection and put it on the jar.
 

My friend Diana and my cousin Jadona both have birthdays this week and so I bought a red velvet birthday cake and grabbed 2 candles for them each to blow out.  They were very surprised that I included their birthday celebration with my Christmas party.  Everyone was happy and thanked the girls for having a birthday so they could have yummy cake. 
I had 8 friends make it so there was 9 including me. 
I made them all a gift bag that included  a mason jar with lid that I put 2 Christmas fortune cookies ( they are red or green and I ordered from oriental trading co), a gingerbread twix candy bar, a cute decorative  Christmas kitchen towel , and a small bottle of booze. I bought the cute airline travel bottles of various kinds and I had some that were in shape of round Christmas balls that were martinis. 
As I looked around the room with all these ladies around me, I couldn't help getting choked up because I'm so very blessed. These gals are so special to me. Some I've known for over 25 years and some I've only known for 2 years but I love them all.  
Since it was a work night, everyone was gone but one person by 8:30 pm.  It was a perfect night with friends and laughs and still able to be home at a decent hour.  It's a huge compliment when my friends texted me yesterday and loved all the rest of the gals. Some of my friends didn't know each other but they all enjoyed each other. 
Everyone got to meet Lila for the first time. Most have already met Jax. He was in someone's lap somewhere when I took this pic.  They are rotten!


Not sure I'm going to post tomorrow. I have a very busy day. A friend of mine is moving tomorrow and Saturday and I'm helping her tomorrow. Then tomorrow evening, I am volunteering at Metro Relief  Toys for the community. I'm not sure what I will be doing but they needed volunteers from 5 to 8.  I already addressed 100 invitations and mailed them out this week for them. 

Have a wonderful weekend and be safe!  Spread JOY when you can. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Tunes- Willie Nelson " The Wall"

Good morning y'all!  How is everyone managing during this hectic holiday season.  We've been so crazy busy.   I'm hosting a dinner party tonight with a few of my girlfriends so I've been working hard finishing up cleaning house and decorating. I didn't get everything done I wanted to but with just a few days left until Christmas, I finally realized its just not going to happen and i'm OK.   I'm serving tacos tonight ( i'm fancy like that) and a cake from where I got my wedding cake made. They are the best! My cousins birthday is Saturday and she's the big 50 and my besties birthday is Thursday so I got the cake for them.  I have a candle for both of them to blow out too.

I have so much to do and I such little time to blog about it so I wanted to keep it simple today by posting a song I am really enjoying.  I love love love Willie Nelson and just bought tickets last Friday to see him in April in concert. Woohoo!  He's released 2 albums this year , one being just him and his sister Bobbie (released last week).   I know Willie isn't for everyone but growing up in Dallas - he's a classic that takes me back to good memories.

This is off his new album Band of Brothers and is called The Wall.



Y'all, have a Blessed day. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My junkin' weekend

Last weekend I went to a junk show in Keller, TX hosted by Mistress of Junk.  I grabbed my brother-n-laws girlfriend Paula on the way there because they live a few minutes from where it was.  I was really excited about going because 2 of my most favorite junkers in the world were going to be there.  I've mentioned both of these ladies before on my blog because I do try to support them as best as I can , even if its just word of mouth.  Robelyn's business is Redneck Chic and Debbie's is Talking Trash.  They are both so crazy talented and can make the biggest heap of junk look like it came out of a magazine. 
The bad thing about this post is that I didn't take many pictures.  People are kinda funny anyway about taking pictures of their booths. Unfortunately, people go home and try to duplicate their work and then sell it as their own.   I bought a lot of stuff and Paula bought a few things so it was a success. It wasn't very big so it didn't take too long to go through all of it.  I bought a vintage metal reindeer to go in my front yard and an awesome wood Christmas tree. I will be stringing lights on them tomorrow.  There was a taco food truck and it was so yummy. Paula and I both shared some nachos with Carnitas and dang it was delicious.
I borrowed these pics from Mistress of Junk facebook page. A few of them are from Redneck Chic and Deb's booths.

Talking Trash
 

Talking Trash

Redneck Chic



After we left the Mistress of Junk show,  we stopped at a few thrift stores and some antique stores. 
We did really good at the thrift stores. Lots of stuff for just a few dollars.  Funny thing is that I bought a small antique Santa mug for 4 dollars. I already have a large one and so I wanted the little one to go with it.  I was happy of my purchase (and still am) but then I went to the thrift store and they had 2 of them and sold to me for .25 cents each.  SCORE!!!

Here are some pics of my Christmas decorations so far in my home using SOME of my great finds. I forgot to take pictures of everything in my great haul that day.  I bought some vintage bottle brush Christmas trees , a fake poinsettia arrangement in a cute red bucket, and few ornaments that aren't shown.


In the third square picture, My lovely friend made those JOY pillows. Arent they the cutest ever?!! I love them so much. Jax also photobombed my pic which makes it doubly cute.   Notice my 3 little Santa mugs?  The metal wine sign I bought last spring in Warrenton. I bought the reindeer doll from Hobby Lobby and the vintage plastic Merry Christmas piece came from a thrift store. The chalkboard stand was only 4 dollars at the thrift store.  One of my favorites is the Deer basket that also resembles the Loch Ness monster. We have named it the Christmas MonsDeer.   Those boxes of old vintage ornaments came from Woolco. Remember those?  I got them for 1.50 total.  I also bought 2 antlers at the junk show for 4$ a piece. I am going to be dipping the tips in paint and glitter for my table centerpiece.  The wood tree and deer are my favorites. I have 2 smaller deers that I bought off Craigslist and added them to the spot.
It was also the first time I spent all day with my future sister n law since she moved to Texas. We had such a great day and very similar tastes in the junk. She's a keeper!
 Gotta go now- Have a great Thursday yall.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HodgePodge

Good morning, today i'm back with From this Side of the Pond for the weekly Hodgepodge.

1. What is one new holiday tradition you'd like to establish, or one you've established recently, say in the last year or two?
 A few years ago I went to new york for macys parade. I went into Tiffanys and the only thing I could afford was a snowflake charm. I went to macys and bought a chain.  I wear it now every year from thanksgiving day until day after Christmas sometimes until new year.

2. It's the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?
  I don’t drink eggnog. I have put gifts in gift bags ( I don’t wrap), I did open a gift , I haven’t found any mistletoe, I light candles every day when I get home from work, I had a Christmas cookie exchange at our pastors wife this past Sunday and had my share of cookies, I saw Santa in person also at church, I‘ve watched a few Christmas specials- the Rockefeller Tree lighting and Santa Claus is coming to town cartoon, I read scripture every morning.

3. Do you think it's better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.
 A child. The delight and joy and wonderment of the lights and the tree and the presents is so wonderful. There's no stress of having to provide gifts like adults have

4. It's often said, 'Good things come to those who wait'...agree or disagree? Why?
  I absolutely agree. I waited for 46 years to find the one and only man that God intended for me to have as my husband .  I had family give up on me because I had never married and was an old maid. Haha

5. What's the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?
 I baked cookies for the cookie exchange mentioned above. I will admit that they were premade frozen cookie dough that all I had to do was pop in the oven.

6.  This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week!  Here is her question... "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you're in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?"
Depends on where the elevator is.  When I travel for work, I try not to be too chatty in the hotel elevator. Safety reasons I guess but I just don't want anyone knowing I'm alone , out of state on business.  If I'm in an office building , I do talk to others because you never know who you're riding with. It could be the CEO of the company or  manager that you're there to see

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?
Depends on who you ask. Hahaha.  My husband tends to catch the side of my grumpiness and bad moods and so I feel naughty sometimes from the way I act.  I do try to volunteer and help my church and community as much as I can which helps me go on the nice list.  I try my best and I'm far from perfect.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.
 I'm starting to feel the holiday stress creep up on me as we approach closer and closer to Christmas.  I've GOT to mail my families package to Montana or else they won't get it until close to New Years .   We had Christmas cards made and I never sent them out.  Deep breaths- breathe in , breathe out . Oh and last night was the finale of the show Sons of Anarchy. I am really bummed that it ended. I got attached to those fictional characters. LOL

Monday, December 8, 2014

My annual Grinch table

Good morning yall! Happy Monday.  I had a great weekend and will tell you about the Mistress of Junk sale sometime this week.  I had to also get busy finishing my Christmas decorations because I'm having a dinner party next week. My priority was to get my Grinch table together. I haven't found one thing to add to my collection this year. Where is all the Grinch stuff at? 
I've even added a few things after I took this picture that I found later in another tub of decorations. 

Have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Music moves me!

 
Happy Thursday y'all!! Its been a very busy week for me at work and its flown by. I'm glad tomorrow is Friday.  This Saturday , i'm going to a Junk sale and going to see a few of my sweet friends that are so creative. I cant wait!! 
I think I've mentioned before that Todd is the drummer for our church band. He loves it and I love him doing it! There is a church that shares our same building but has their services on Saturday nights and their band is called No Regrets. They are such a great band and have a few CD's even. Todd really likes them and had mentioned that if they ever need a backup drummer , to consider him. Well, this Saturday he gets to fill in. The original drummer is out of town and they called Todd. He's so excited!  Then he has to still play 2 services on Sunday for our church. He has a lot of practicing these next few days.
 
Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? 
 
I'm posting today about music because I just simply cant live without it. I play music every morning while I get dressed for work and put my makeup on, I listen to more when I get in my truck on way to work, and I listen to it from my laptop while at my desk. Right now, i'm watching the Tv show The Voice and so I even get my music fix in the evenings.  I love that I have such a wide variety of songs on my ipod and that I can listen to a hard core rock song and then next song is a Christian song.
I post a lot about music because its who I am.
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sparkle

Hey y'all,  hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I put up my Christmas tree this past Sunday and it was 80 degrees out here in Dallas.  It was hard to get in Christmas mood while wearing shorts and flip-flops but luckily we got a cold snap over the night and its been chilly here the last few days.
With my tree looking pretty and sparkly , I wanted to post some fun Sparkly quotes.

Cherish the way you sparkle. FROM: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/ba/c4/be/bac4be57f6bc86b6c3b6a317767970e3.jpg967aa0a8129fe3cc1f5c2a4047c6f3e8.jpg (1430×1800)

don't be afraid to sparkle! I'm going to say this to people in a British accent.
marilyn monroe quotes free printable "everyone's a star"
glitter / quote
Don't let anyone EVER dull your sparkle! I do not care who it is. leave a trail of sparkle wherever you go. Let people remember you. If you let someone dull that sparkle you have, you would not be someone worth remembering. Be strong. goodforyounetwork.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

My day on the Metro Relief bus

Good morning y'all!  I am on vacation this week so I am typing this post in my jammies with coffee and it is great!! I wanted to tell you about my amazing day last Thursday. I took a vacation day so that I could spend the day with Metro Relief.  I had to work Friday so I was so busy making up from the day before, I didn't get to write a post.
This is their mission statement: Metro Relief is a not-for-profit organization based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Our goal is a simple one: Go to the people, meet the people, and take care of the people. At the core of our mission is Christ’s charge: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

I called Pam who is the volunteer coordinator and she asked me to be at the building at 8:30 am.  There is much to do to prepare for the Dallas outreach daily.  There were several volunteers that happen to show up the same day I did and they said it was unusual for the turnout.  People who have to do community service can volunteer there. We also had 3 students that were volunteering for a Speech class at a local college.  We were split up in 3 teams. One team made the soup that would be handed out that day. Another team rolled up pairs of socks and put them in a tub, while the last group put hygiene packets together in clear bags. The hygiene packs had mini deodorants, shampoo ( like from hotels), toothpaste and some kid of snack like candy bar or granola bar.  I got soup duty and it was pretty fun.  First we had to make the special seasoning- there was a recipe book with instructions on all the spices and amounts that got mixed up together.  Then we made the soup in the ginormous kettle and then we made lemonade. We had an employee there with us the whole time walking us through. 

Once all the soup, lemonade, and packets were ready, they were put on the bus. Metro Relief has 3 buses ( old school buses) that have been gutted and a Pit has been built in. The pit is a small area that has a window built in ( like a food truck) and all the food is served from there.  The seating is up at the front where we all rode. Once we're at the locations- we are then split up again with different jobs. There were the ones that would serve the food - which was a large foam cup of soap, a dinner roll, cookie and lemonade or water.   Another group ( 2 people) would pass out the socks, hygiene packs and would pray with them if they had a specific prayer on their heart.  The rest of volunteers would set up the tables, tents, chairs and mingle with them and walk around asking people to come eat.

We made 2 stops in downtown Dallas.  The first stop, I stayed on the bus and did the prayers and handed out the packets.  Its humbling that when you asked what to pray for,  almost every single person wanted me to pray for their friends or family and not for themselves. They were homeless and had all their treasures in one bag but they were so selfless and was concerned for others.  There were prayer requests for a few of them to get past their addictions and for them to find a job. These people are actually so much braver than I ever thought I was.

The second stop , we had to switch our duties so then I was off the bus and walked around the neighborhood where the homeless were on all the corners and asked them to come get something to eat.  When we got back to the bus, I sat at the table and just visited with them and listened.  The important thing is simply not to judge and to listen. They are human like us and deserve to be heard.  I will need to do another post on some of the experiences from that day.  I love serving and my heart grew 3 more sizes for sure this day.

Everyone, please have a Blessed and thankful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your holiday and hug on your loved ones.  Big hugs!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hash Brown Casserole

Good morning,  its always been my tradition to make the hashbrown casserole for Thanksgiving dinner.  For the last 13 years , I have celebrated Thanksgiving dinner the night before on (Wednesday) along with several other volunteers. My friend hosts the dinner at their house and we have all the tradition food- turkey, potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, etc.
This year i'm making  the hash brown casserole to take to my inlaws on the actual day since i'm not volunteering this year on Thanksgiving.
Its so easy and yummy.
  • 1 2 pound package frozen Hash Browns
  • 8 ounces Sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion ( I use the purple onion)
  • 2 cups grated cheese. I always use Sharp Cheddar but many people use colby

Directions


  1. Place potatoes in a greased 9x—13 inch pan.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in the microwave.
  3. In a bowl add minced onions, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup, and melted butter. Mix these items together. Pour soup mixture over potatoes; sprinkle with Cheddar Cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until all is completely warm, and the cheese begins to melt.

Cracker Barrel's Hash Browns Casserole

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I want Booties

Booties as in short boots. What did you think I meant? hahaha!  So glad its Thursday y'all. It hasn't been the best week. The days have been long and never ending it seems.  I lost a friend and coworker yesterday also. I hate bad news.
So today's post is light and fluff. I am off tomorrow and will be shopping for a pair of booties. I will only be wearing them with jeans or leggings. I have Olive Oyl ( from Popeye) ankles and I look funny with a skirt and just booties. I envy those who can wear them with shorts. My ankles and wrists are about the only skinny parts of my body.
I am really digging the ones with fringe.  Do you have any booties for this season? What style did you go with?
Here are some that are my favorites so far. I found them on DSW , Macy's, and Nordstrom's.



There seems to be a common theme in that they all look cowboy style.  I love it!!
Have a great day and have a great weekend.  I have a very busy one this weekend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

My pity party for one - its an annual thing

I don't remember what it's like to not feel broken.
This post may seem depressing but it cant be helped. The truth is I've come a long way and I am down to maybe once or twice a year now that I feel this way.  Every so often, I get REALLY sad about the fact that I could never have children.  I had very bad plumbing so to speak and it prevented me to give birth. I have uterine fibroids and have since I was a young teenager.  I also suffered from endometriosis. Its very painful and cumbersome when I was in college and after with the long long long periods. ( Sorry to any men who read today's post).  I finally had enough and in my early thirties, I had a tubal ligation ( tubes snipped and tied).  That helped for a few years but the bleeding continued too strong and so I had to have an endometrial ablation ( a mini hysterectomy).  The decision was a little easier at the time because I was in my mid 30's and was not in a long term relationship with anyone. My parents were very sad when I told them what I was having to go through and that both procedures meant no kids for me, no grandkids for them.
I have always kept myself busy as a working corporate woman. I make excuses that I didn't have time to have kids. I said that I really don't even like kids.  As I am older approaching closer to 50- I am sad. I have no one to pass my wedding gown to and my special things that are meaningful to me. Who would want them?  I don't have someone calling me like I do my mom and my grandmother. 
I am strong. I am content with my 2 sweet dogs.  I do however feel a sting when people say to me " you would have made a great mom" or that " God just had other intentions for you".  I have only attended two baby showers in the last 20 years.  I don't like them. It may sound selfish but I don't really want to see all the new gadgets and clothes for babies and the latest tips on childcare.  I just want to wish you the best of health and pregnancy and I will hold your little ones when they get here.
I've been honest with people and expressed my occasional sadness about having kids and they seem shocked and say " I guess I just thought you didn't want kids".  
The good news is that I have 2 teenage step-kids.  At some point, they will get older, marry and give us grandkids. That will be nice. I have friends that have kids and I love them. They call me Aunt Holli and genuinely like being around me.  I have nieces but they are all out of state  or too young and they don't reach out.  There are tons of babies right now at my church and the moms let me hold them every chance I get.
What prompted this post to begin with is 3 children in 3 separate states and news stories, were killed by their parents this past weekend. This INFURIATES me to no end and sickens me. I have friends and family that are doing everything they can do have a child and we have parents like this. WHY?  I wish I didn't read the stories and details. I process it too much. One child was pushed off a bridge into freezing frigid waters by his own mother. She called the police and confessed shortly after she did it. If the distance of the fall didn't kill, the temperatures would so no chance of survival. Its heartbreaking!! 
Like I said, I usually only get in the baby funk occasionally and tomorrow will be a better day. Just be nice to everyone. You never know what struggles they are fighting inside. 
Have a great Monday and sorry I was so depressing.



reminding myself of thisSome many people suffer in silence, i know i did. Sometimes that quiet person who never talks to anyone really just needs a good friend to talk and cry with. BE THAT FRIEND THEY NEED.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

People need help all year- Not just thru the holidays

I have often wondered why you always see a large increase of  coat drives, sock drives, food drop-offs, etc during the holidays.  I understand that there is more time for reflection such as how hard it is for people to have a tree, presents, and all that goes along with the holiday.  Don't get me wrong, anytime people can donate and help others is always a good time.  I have volunteered to feed the homeless for the last 13 years on Thanksgiving Day. I have so much fun and I get to use my old waitressing skills for the day. Ha!  To see the same faces is a joy and I wouldn't trade one of their hugs for anything.  Some people have asked why I let them hug me when they havent showered and they may have a certain smell to them.  Shoot, I am sweaty and have food all over me and don't consider myself any cleaner than them. I'm a hugger!  I have made a choice this year -I have decided to not do it this year. Last year was my first year to be married and I had a family to be with but I still insisted on volunteering.  This year I want to spend it with my husband and family and truly appreciate the holiday and all I have to be thankful for. 
I am pretty active taking in donations of clothing all year long for our church clothes closet. Y'all have read my posts on those days that we set up out church to resemble a department store, and our community can come in and go shopping for free.  I'm taking guitar lessons from the director of Metro Relief which is an organization that takes care of the homeless everyday.  Last night, we talked about the holidays coming up and I asked where they serve on Thanksgiving day. He said, that's the one day they DONT because so many companies, churches, and organizations jump on bandwagon and do their one day of volunteering. That really made me think.  Again, please know that this is just a personal choice for me. I want to be someone that tries to make a difference everyday. Not just one holiday of the year.
I have gone downtown a few times with various groups and handed out food and clothing to the homeless on a weekend. I loved it. One day it was so crazy hot during a summer day and we all sat together under a table umbrella and prayed. It was very moving.  I hope to get more involved but I do what I can right now.  Another shopping day is actually coming soon and I work all day at the church. I get to count the clothes, bag them up, help them shop and sometimes hold their cute babies while they shop.
Are you involved in any charities? Do you volunteer? I would love to know about it.
Have a great day!
Let us remember those less fortunate this Christmas.Thankful.



Monday Mantra // someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.Sitting with the poor and less fortunate people removes the ego and pride from your heart. ~ Ibn Al Qayyim.!