Sunday, August 10, 2014

painting and pondering

While I should be getting ready for another day at work..  possibly cleaning or preparing tonights dinner..
I am just sitting here.. relaxing and sipping my coffee.

I've been pondering about things like the upcoming school year,  my oldest daughter moving out,  job opportunities,  house projects,  Fall..  etc.   My mind is constantly spinning.     My job is good, although it's a bit boring sometimes,  the lack of responsibility is actually awesome.   I clock in and clock out..  and leave the worries to someone else.    Since I started back there,  I've been offered both a management job and a full time coordinator position and I've declined both.   I like my 3 or 4 days a week.   This week they asked me to become the paint instructor ~   if you remember,  I was certified as a paint instructor at Michaels but I never did it ~  This time,  I think I will.  : )  

I've been spending my extra time making jewelry and working on Halloween paintings..  

These infinity bracelets are sooooo popular!
 Soon I will list a bunch on my etsy.

And then the painting orders...  I had so many from last year that I never had time to do.
I've finally finished them and now have plenty more orders to paint. 
 If you want one..  Just sayin,   They are $30.00

And now.. back to pondering.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Nags Head North Carolina

Isn't this a stunning sight?

After a stormy day on the beach.. this was god's beautiful gift.

We finally got a chance to make the 6 hour trip back to the Outer Banks of North Carolina
 to our friends amazing beach house.    This working part time thing is NICE.  
 I forgot how wonderful family vacations were!

I forgot how much fun it is to watch my family play Frisbee on the beach.

I would've played too,  but......
Well...  I was Relaxing.  

We didn't even mind the murky sunrises..

Because they set free the most beautiful carefree days.

Paul would sit on the waters edge forever.
His dream has always been to live on the water.
Someday soon I hope.

Isn't he a cutie!
He's a good man.

Here are Paul and Michelle..    (She and sally both have colored their hair this summer)
With our friends..  Big and Little D.
Big D and Paul have been best friends since they sat next to each other in high school French class.

Big D is a city fireman and he and Paul work opposite shifts.
Needless to say,  with  family, jobs, school.. 
They don't get a chance to hang out like they used to.
 Doesn't stop them from being brothers.

Little D is a handsome prince isn't he.. 
Sorry ladies, he is already spoken for.

He is in love with an older woman!

Yea..  ever since he was old enough to talk he's told Sally that they were gonna be married some day.

Of course,  Sally plays along.
She loves little D.

   we had a fantastic time
but sadly..  all great vacations have to come to an end.

 Time to say goodbye to the Ocean and get
back to work, back to house keeping and getting ready for back to school.
I hate the S word!

We are just not ready!!

Hope that you all are having a great August
See you around the blog block.

Monday, July 28, 2014

random weirdness

I am weird.
Yes, for those of you who haven't already figured it out..
I happily admit it.
I am a complete and utter weirdo.  

But.. I promise you that it's in a good way. 

Like if I told you that I hate lemon..   Lemon in iced tea is the worst thing ever!!
I don't like lemon flavored candy or lemonade
 I do love Lemon cakes and pies.

Weird..  right?

And recently, for whatever reason...
I've been craving lemon deserts so badly that I had to make these delicious lemon cupcakes.

Before you get to excited..  
they're from a box!

another thing..  
is it weird that I am crazy about polka dots. 
 I will only drink from my polka dot coffee mugs.  
Yes..  that's kind of weird.

They just make me so happy...

My shoes, my underwear,  the sheets, dinner plates, fingernails.
They're everywhere!

So Yeah.. I am definitely a little weird

Almost as weird as this post. 
: )

Be yourself 
Have a wonderful day!!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Paddle boarding in DC

I am having the summer of my life!

Sure there have been stressful times..  
but there have been so many beautiful moments at home with family, 
out with friends and on the water..
that it is very hard to be stressed out.

I recently spent the day paddle boarding on the Potomac River in DC.
  It was so much  fun!!!
Although, I probably spent more time taking pictures then I did actually standing on the board.

To get to the amazing views you must first paddle under the Key Bridge.

The Washington monument and the Lincoln Center

The Virginia side


        That amazing day was filled with fun sights, a visit to Georgetown,
quality time and lots of laughs with a friend dear to my heart
 and ended with delicious Margarita's ~  Doesn't get much better then that!!

Hope that you all are having a blast this summer too!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Patty Melts

Boy have we been eating good this summer...  No wait,  we've been doing some good eatin this summer!   Fresh summer veggies,  melons, grilled sausage and fish..   Everything has been delicious this season.

I "found" this easy patty melt recipe one day last week while watching pioneer woman and we've had them twice already.   : )  
The name Patty melt sounds kind of gross, I prefer to call it a grilled cheeseburger..   and since I switched out the rye for white bread and the swiss for cheddar... isn't that what it is?   

One thing is for sure...   they are simple and delicious!!!


1 stick butter
1 whole large onion, halved and sliced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
8 slices rye bread
8 slices Swiss cheese


In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook slowly until the onions are golden brown and soft, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire and some salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties.

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle.

Assemble the patty melts this way: Slice of bread, slice of cheese, hamburger patty, a quarter of the cooked onions, another slice of cheese and another slice of bread.

On a clean griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and grill the sandwiches until golden brown. Remove the sandwiches and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet. Return the sandwiches to the skillet, flipping them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until the cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve immediately!

Hope that you all enjoy
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

a tiny bit of catching up!

Good morning dear friends
Happy Wednesday!

My internet has been wacky not working and we are still waiting for it to be repaired.
Life without internet..  rough!  : )
Having withdraws, Sally and I are sitting in a very busy fast food restaurant using their wifi.

I missed you all on 4th of July!
I hope that everyone had a fun and safe holiday.
We spent the weekend on the water..  whether it was in the pool with the dogs, on a pier with some good friends or on our floats in the bay..  we are having a great time being outside!

The boys are happy  to be in the pool!!

We've been having a great summer!!

I have news for you..   as of yesterday I went back to work.
I was offered a full time management position at a another craft store ( Michael's local competition) ,  Some of you may remember, I worked at this store for a few years before I went to michaels. I am still trying to enjoy my family and summer,   I declined the full time position and took a little part time role instead.    I'm happy to be back to work for a few hours a week.
And I am happy to be surrounded by crafts again.  : )

I am sorry to be so short..  my computer is about to die.
See you all very soon!!!!