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!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Have I mentioned that our youngest daughter is a mermaid..
Just look at that beautiful aqua hair.

.. and once mermaid Sally touches water
it's hard to get her out.

Paul and I took the mermaid and her sidekick, the amazing aqua-dog, to the beach yesterday.
Grey skies and steady winds made it not the prettiest of mornings..  
but we were still happy to be outside in the fresh air.

Of course, Paul didn't care..  he was in the water while us girls were content sitting up on the boat munching on yummy nutritious crab chips and doughnuts.  

 Within an hour or so,  the clouds began to break up, the seagulls were getting noisy and the sun was gleaming brightly over the water.

 We got the inflatable Kayak out.. ( had to burn off those doughnuts ) and cruised around the islandLook at Darla in the "backseat"..    she is the coolest little animal!!

 There's Paul, in his tube as usual.
He cracks me up with that tube..  He won't get out!!!

All of that hard work and sunshine pooped Darla out!!

Do you ever just sit back and think about your life..
We aren't rich,  we live small. we struggle sometimes.
We still live in the city.. in an old house that still needs work.
We don't take extravagant vacations or buy extravagant items.
Paul drives his dad's almost 20 year old truck and we have an old boat.
We  need for things..  but we don't require much

I look around and smile.. 
  What an incredible beautiful life that we've been blessed with.

To have the time to do nothing else but sit on this sandy beach, 
breath in the fresh air and be with the ones we love ~
The riches we have almost overwhelm me.

The beautiful day turned into a even more beautiful evening that none of us were ready to say Goodnight to.  Another perfect day for the record books.  : )

Have a great weekend friends.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Wedding Dress

I recently found this old dirty box while cleaning out the third floor.

I was nervous as I pulled it out from under the bed and sat on the floor and prepared to open the lid.
I hadn't seen the contents of this box in a very long time.
Tears fell from my eyes as I pulled the lid back.
There it was..  My beautiful 24 year old wedding dress .

A million emotions and thoughts went through my head.
Since the preservation tape had dry-rotted away
I chose to open the box completely.

As I slowly pulled the dress from the box I thought back to the day when I first saw it.  A day spent laughing and happy with my mom. She was so happy for Paul and I that she would have sold her soul to buy me any dress that I wanted.

I am still much like I was back then at 18 ~
I am not picky or pretentious ..  I like what I like, 
 and out of all of the beautiful expensive dresses,
It was this $400.00 dress that I loved.

My thoughts drifted to my dads walking me down the ailse.  
Yes, I said dads ~ plural.
I was blessed with two fathers,  
 My real dad (with the grey beard) on the left and my step dad on the right.
Two very very different men,  with different sets of  problems..
They were far from perfect fathers, but they had one thing in common..
They both loved me
... and I loved both of them.

I ran my fingers over the delicate pearls and stitches and I thought about our marriage.  Just like the dress,  our marriage had bumps and rough patches
but the stitching stayed strong, timeless and beautiful.

I cried as I thought about the man who took my hand and promised me forever.  He has been by my side through the births of our daughters, deaths of my parents, through the good and the bad,  sickness and in health....
24 years...  and he still can't wait to come home to see me.
He still gets mad when I don't find 10 minutes to just snuggle next to him.
24 years.. and he still picks me flowers and nurtures my soul.
I've been so lucky to have this extraordinary man by my side for more then half of my life.

I brought the dress downstairs to show my daughters.
I could see Paul smiling as I excitedly showed them the fine details and told them all about the moment I wore it.   I knew that he too, had that feeling of nostalgia and was thinking about how lucky we are.

They all wanted me to put it on.  
I didn't have the nerve to do it just then.
Even though I've lost 35 pounds..
 I still wasn't sure that this 42 year old body would fit into that 18 year olds dress.   Plus I knew that I would probably get all weird and cry.

I waited until a day when nobody was home.
 I carefully pulled the dress up over my waist and slid my arms inside of the soft sleeves.  I climbed up on a chair to allow the dress to flow as I reached behind my back to slide the zipper up as far as I could reach.

I couldn't believe it..  I was standing in my living room,
 ( the same living room that I had gotten ready for our wedding all those years ago ), wearing my wedding dress.  It fit and it was still as beautiful as ever.

Although, somewhere along these past 24 years, 
 my boobies stopped standing up where they once were.

I sent this picture to Paul and I told him that I would marry him all over again.
And his reply was, " I can't wait!" 
 : )

I have since packed the dress up in hopes that one day one or both of my girls will make good use of it.
It's a lucky dress!

Thank you for coming along this nostalgic journey with me.
It was so much fun.

Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

pretty touches in the Living room

Happy Wednesday!!!

It's a big night ..  
and I am soooo excited.
It is kinda like Christmas in the summer!

Why, you ask?
Well, I have this crazy summer time addiction called Big Brother
and it starts tonight!!!

Oh, it's going to be a loooong day. : )

I'm gonna keep myself busy today by gutting the kitchen cabinets and doing that organizing that I've been putting off for so long.   We're supposed to have rain and storms here in Baltimore today..     So It's the perfect day to get some chores done.

The living and dining rooms have already been scrubbed, shampooed and refreshed.
Everything is pretty and best of all ~  Clean!

I added a few patriotic touches throughout the living room.
It feels so summery and festive.

I love this basket of jars,  When the sun shines through the window, they seem to glow.

I rearranged the furniture and picked some flowers from my gardens to place on the pallet table.
This table is still one of my favorite things!   I just love how it turned out.

Under the table on an old wooden footstool is my collection of blog books and family yearbooks,  Seashells and some stacked linens.
Since the table is so tall, I feel the need to fill the space underneath of it.

This room is full of color.
In fact,  the whole house is random collection of colors.
It is a happy house.

See that sail boat..  isn't she a beauty!
A few weeks ago,  Paul and I visited many waterfront restaurants as we were trying to find cool places that we could take our boat. One place that we visited had the prettiest nautical decor and while we were having our beer and gazing at all of the fun things around us,  we spotted a sailboat much like this one.   Within minutes, Paul had his phone logged into ebay and had ordered us a sailboat of our own.   Every time I look at it, I am reminded of that fun date.

I'll take you in the dining room to show you more summer decor later this week.
For now..  I am off to clean the kitchen! 

Have a wonderful day!

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