Friday, August 30, 2013

Where did the Summer go?

Apparently there has been a LOT going on around here. I was thinking about putting something on Pinterest but I had to first figure out how to do that which lead to me logging in here only to realize I hadn't blogged since MAY! How the heck did that happen? It's now Labor Day weekend. Looks like I'll be catching up this weekend....maybe.

I'll start with now and work my way backwards with what all happened this summer. So last weekend, my beautiful daughter and her boyfriend came for a visit. 

How cute are they? Rosie the Riveter and Fabio!
She's going to UNT in the Interior Design program and I thought I should put her to good any good mother would do. I had recently given my dad back all the antique furniture - bed, dresser and wash stand - that I had gotten from him when I was married. I actually had this bedroom suite when I was in high school and college but didn't take it when I got married. Anyway, it left my room with much more room and wall space above my bed. I have a plan for a headboard I'm going to make with a pair of stain-glass shutters (you can see them in the picture below) but that won't happen until I move. For now, I needed to put something up there because I cannot do a blank wall. I get nervous.

We (as in Rex because he's like 7 feet tall) started with straight pens. Four down the left side spaced apart just eyeballing it. Then we (Alyssa because she's the crafty one) took the thin twine (looping the end) started on the second to the top pin, up around the top pin and across to eyeball where the top pin on the right side should go. We continued this down and back and forth, wrapping the twine a couple of times around each pin for security and then tide it off at the bottom left.

I had clothes pins from a previous craft and my Kanvess prints, which I absolutely LOVE, and we just started hanging the pictures. We ran out and had to get more so they are two different types but you can't really tell and who cares? Not me! I had this idea in my head because of a couple of things I'd seen on Pinterest. I am SO happy with how it turned out. The best part is, I can move the pictures around (which I won't because I hardly ever do that) or I can change out the pictures (which I might do but that just depends).

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fun Fact Tuesday

I didn't come up with this on my own - obviously - but I wanted to have it on my blog so I could find it later. Pinterest is great but I know how to get here better.
Wow, Some interesting stuff here!

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won't work)
43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:

Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm not a Bitch

I have two brothers, one I like that lives in Amsterdam and one I don't like that lives in Texas, too close to me and not nearly far enough away. We have a mother, the three of us, that has dementia. I write about it - probably mentioned that before - and you can read the mess here.

I used to be close to my mom. Now, it's just like I'm going through the motions by calling her and visiting her on the weekends when I'm in town. It wasn't until I got the full picture of how she was letting her oldest son take complete advantage of her and then not stopping him from bullying me as an adult when I was living in her duplex on the opposite side of them that our relationship took a very sour turn.

I don't want to put all my business out here in this post. You can probably find it if you search farther back when I cared more than I do now. I've just learned that standing up for what you believe and feel AND being a woman is almost always taken as you being a bitch. It's a stigma that women face. If a man does it, he's either considered in control or controlling, depending on how he handles it. Women, it's always being a bitch.

I am in no way a feminist and have all these opinions about women's rights. I do, however, have an opinion that I've come to learn is worth listening to or at least hearing me out and contemplating. I don't need you to agree with me, just know that, like assholes, everyone has an opinion and I want mine to be heard sometimes. I've stood up for a few things in my life, like being able to make the choice to have my three younger children at home VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) and divorcing my emotionally and mentally abusive exhusband after I realized he wasn't ever going to change.

Don't tell me I have to be nice and keep the peace in the family until my mother is gone because my brother has a mental illness. I can just as easily ignore him and never talk to him again and be much more happy, which is what I've chosen to do. As a human being, I have the right not to take abuse in any form, no matter who it's from or what it's about. Whether we have the same blood running through our vaines or not, I do not have to like you and be nice to you if I don't get the same respect in return.

I will only surround myself with those people who love me unconditionally and support me whether they agree with me or not (yes, that's two differnt things). The rest of you can go away and think about what you've lost. Thank you Blogger for the opportunity to rant.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In This Age of Technology

I absolutely LOVE this boy!!
This past weekend we spent the weekend at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It was for a Verizon Winners Circle event honoring all the top sellers for 2012. Beautiful resort and a wonderful get away. Friday night there was a welcome event on the back lawn. This is us. Me and my new boots, a dress and my handsome cowboy.
Friday night all fancy in my boots!
 Saturday, we had a scheduled event in Gruene, TX for antiquing and then wine tasting at the Dry Comal Creek Winery. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend and perfect for walking around a quaint little town in Texas. As you can see by the pictures above, Allan wasn't completely sure about the whole wine tasting. However, when we were leaving, he had a glass of wine in his hand. He did find one he liked.
Wine tasting at Old Colver Creek
   Saturday night was Casino and Awards night. I have been to many corporate events with Hilton and I've had some great times. I will admit, I loved the whole casino theme and I don't even gamble. There was food and drink and free poker chips to play Black Jack, Texas Hold 'Em and tokens to play the slots. The whole weekend was much appreciated and lot of fun.
Saturday night dinner and fun!
As I think back on past relationships and my current one, it's come to my attention that people tend to spend more time texting sentiments to each other and talking on the phone about life stuff and not as much time as they should talking face to face about deep feelings. We are all recovering from some rough relationships - or most of us I would guess. I mean, how vulnerable do we really want to be with each other? How do you really grown to trust each other? There are things we can all work on in relationships, right? I heard the below list on the radio this morning and I have to say, we have a VERY good start to our relationship.

1. Share responsibilities: Four out of five happy couples share decision-making . . . two out of three share financial decisions . . . and two in three split chores evenly.

2. Have lots of sex: Three out of five couples said they have sex at least twice a week . . . one in three have it at least four times a week . . . and 16% of couples do it EVERY DAY.

3. Be affectionate when you're NOT having sex: 69% of happy couples kiss each other and show affection several times a day.

4. Be honest: 70% are always honest with each other . . . and don't even tell little white lies.

5. Stay in shape: Three in four couples say it's important to be in shape . . . and 18% say their partner's physical appearance is the thing they're most attracted to.

6. Don't talk about politics: 37% of happy couples say they NEVER talk about politics . . . and another 47% rarely talk about it.

7. Be the same religion: 71% of happy couples have the same religious beliefs.

8. Communicate: 72% have in-depth conversations about work . . . life . . . and family on a regular basis.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

This is the world we live in.

I worked from home today because the power went out at my office building about 30 minutes before I got there. I work on the 6th floor so I waited in the lobby for direction because I didn't want to walk up six flights of stairs to be told to go home and have to walk back down - in heels. It was already getting hot according to a coworker I saw on my way in. She had been up there and was headed home. So home I went and sat and watched TV and worked on my laptop.

The first "Breaking News" story was about a high speed chase in Dallas. Apparently this guy shot a killed a pregnant woman. She and the baby died at the hospital. I sat in shock as this car weaved in and out of traffic, just praying they didn't hit anyone....and they didn't. They as in there were two people in the car. We found this out when the car ended up back in the same neighborhood it came out of and someone jumped out of the car and went one direction and the driver jumped out and ran into a house. The news quit reporting on it per the police request and I still don't know how that ended....because someone set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon.

Then I go to Facebook and it's just a constant flow of information about the explosions from pages I follow all the while I have the news on. I am drained and am hoping Dancing with the Stars comes on at 7:00. These are the days I hate Facebook and think about deleting my account for a while. If it's not the election, or gay rights and marriage equality, it's an atheist friend wanting to start an argument over God. Yes, I could hide him or I could just not go on Facebook but I don't have the discipline to stop. Sad, but true. I keep in touch with a lot of people through Facebook and I like to stalk - always wishing for that train wreck to happen today. I certainly wouldn't want to miss that!

I've been pretty good about staying out of arguments and if the rebuttals to the status updates gets too big, I will hide them from my news feed. It's social media. This is the world we live in. There are bad people, there always have been. They do bad things and it will most likely always turn into something political. We have a black president for the second term in a row. I see people saying that this is his chance to make things right. These are the SUPER right winged Texans I'm talking about. Of course they hate him just for the fact that he's black and democratic. And it makes me feel embarrassed for my birth state. It's the same with marriage equality and any other horrible act like the shootings in Connecticut. This is our world. I'm sorry it's like this but this is the world we live in. Have I said that yet? 

I'm not saying lay down and take it and of course you can voice your opinion, but know that it's just that - an opinion. There's a saying that goes, "Opinions are like buttholes....everyone has one." Don't expect us to all agree with you. If you're going to put it out there, take the criticism. My atheist friend is a good example of someone who can do that. He can debate like no one I've ever seen. I like that. But he also knows exactly where I stand and I don't debate so I won't argue with him. I just respect his opinion.

I do wish the world was a better place, but, as I remind myself often, Adam and Eve ate the apple (I won't point blame, lol) and therefore, we have evil in the world. It's just getting worse.

Let's all remember what Mr. Rogers' mother told him so many years ago. "You will always find people who are helping."
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Doing Things Seperately....

The sign said not to climb but I'm a rule breaker. I didn't go that far up though!
When you're in a relationship, it's always good to have time apart doing things with your friends, right? Yes. It's just harder to do when you live 3 hours apart and don't see each other that much anyway. So, when Allan mentioned to me months ago that April 12th was race weekend, my heart kinda sunk a little. Not gonna lie. I looked at the calendar and realized that that was one of two weekends in April that my youngest would be going to his dad's and that he was going to be at NASCAR with his friends. Then I secretly prayed to God that he wouldn't ask me to tag along. It's not my thing. Not even one of those things I would do just because it would be spending time with him. Not on my bucket lists A, B or C. 

Instead, I called up my best friend, Missy, and said, "Hey, wanna go to Paris with me April 12th for the weekend and go antiquing?" To which she said, "He!! yeah!" So we planned it. I got us a room at the Hampton Inn Paris (don't be jealous!) and we were set. We were both in desperate need of some time away from our home lives. No dogs, no kids, no parents, no boys - not that we don't love our boys 'cause we do and we missed them bad, but you know.....

The week before we started looking for things to do in Paris, TX. It's a fun little town that I had been to many times, but not really spent a lot of time touring. We were lucky enough to be there the weekend of the April in Paris Wine Fest. Unfortunately, we didn't know about it until we were there and saw all the signs about it. However, we will be making plans to go next year and hopefully with the boys, who knows! It was a Friday night thing and we could participate in that we paid $1 for a taste of one of the wines. If you wanted a whole glass, it was $5 (still not bad!) but it wasn't in one of the fancy special wine glasses you got if you signed up ahead of time.

On to things to do in Paris, TX - you definitely have to go see the Texas Eiffel Tower. That's me with the tower at the top. It's just a cool thing to see. And next to it is the Red River Valley Veteran's Memorial. It's a very well put together memorial for those veteran's from Red River County. Then there is the Jesus wearing Cowboy Boots statue in the Evergreen Cemetery. This was interesting in that there is a headstone with Jesus carrying a cross and he's wearing boots. The story behind it sort of weirded me out since it's rumored that Mr. Babcock was really an atheist and this was sort of his jab at religion. Click on the name above to read more.

I agree with the article. I think he looks more like an angel. That's why we drove by twice before we realized this was the thing we were looking for.

A few other things we did around town was check out all the antique shops in the square, see the fountain, eat at a few good eating establishments (Jaxx's Burgers and Time Flies were two) and enjoy a beautiful evening. 

Paris at sunset (Texas, not France!)
Saturday, we took a trip down 82 into Clarksville, stopping at Alida's Antiques in Blossom along the way. She's a little bit priceier than places like The Cedar Chest in Paris, but she has a TON of stuff and will always make you a better deal than the price that's on there. The drive from Paris to Clarksville is about 35 miles, but if you love looking at antiques, it's well worth it! We went around the square in Clarksville and checked out all their antique stores, actually bought a dress (GASP) for this weekend at Vintaj Cowgirl on the square (I can't find a good website online so no link, sorry) found a few great things and then went on to visit Allan's mom. Oh! I also bought a pair of boots. Here is me in the dress and boots (I know. I need my girdle on. Get over it!)

So thre you have it. A good list of things to do while you're in Paris, TX. I hope it helped you because I had a hard time finding one good place that gave us good direction.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Be Happy and Thankful

I found this saying on Facebook the other day and it's really hit home this week. Work has gotten busy, which is great, I had counseling this week and I got to see the guy this past weekend. I have really been working on just getting to this place where I can live NOW and not in all the "what if's" I've taxed my brain with lately. It's a constant struggle to stop myself when I start going down the future trail. I am so on guard not to get hurt like I've let myself in the past that I have robbed myself of loving where I am right now.

When I get a text from you know who just telling me "Luv Ya Baby!" it totally melts my heart. Or the one that says "Missin'  you!" Wow. It just makes me smile so big. It's huge for a guy to reach out like that. HUGE! Instead of me wondering if he's going to bail on me one day, I need to (and am learning very quickly to) love where we are right now, appreciate every little aspect of our relationship and just love him and not waste any more time wondering.

I also finally watched the video to P!NK's new song "Just Give Me A Reason". I had heard the song many, many times and thought it was about a couple who had grown distant and was trying to make their relationship work. Then I really listened to the words and realized it's totally me with Allan. I'm her, freaking out thinking their amazing relationship won't last and he's there saying "Where did this all come from? We are fine! We are fine!" Here, take a watch and a listen......(here are the lyrics)

And this is the happy couple this past Easter weekend at the family wedding. It was a beautiful place in McKinney - Heard Science & Nature Center.

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