Monday, November 28, 2011

Time to Deck the Halls

With Thanksgiving celebrations over, I guess it is time to start thinking about Christmas.  Every year it seems that the month of December gets here a little quicker.  Guess I better start looking for the lights and decorations.

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. We ate lunch at my Mom's home. My brother, Jim, provided the turkey and ham, along with BBQ ribs.  He has this thing about BBQ. Ribs were really good though. He has lived in Maui for the past 20 years and he and his wife, Paula(whom he married while in Maui) have moved back to Oklahoma.  His daughter, Jamie and her boyfriend, Carl, came over to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Carl has never been off the island or even flown in an airplane so it has been a new experience for him.  On Friday, Jim and family left to go show Carl some sights in Oklahoma. Other family there was my brother, Andy, and wife, Sharon, our daughter, Ashlee, Dom and of course, Emma, my cousin, Mary Margaret and her husband, Bobbie and their daughter, JoLynn and of course, Jeff, me and my Mom. Our son, Nick stayed in Mexico, but did get to have Thanksgiving dinner at Playa Viva.  Ellena, Alex and the boys stayed home in Puerto Rico and celebrated Thanksgiving with friends.  Everyone had a wonderful time visiting and no one went home hungry!

Ashlee came over Sunday afternoon and got her tree and decoration. Looks like Emma was a big help in decorating the tree.

Ashlee said Emma had as much fun playing in the tree box as she did hanging ornaments on the tree.  

I have been working on some goodies for a Christmas swap we do each year on an ebay group I belong to. Will try and post some pictures later.  I haven't pulled them off my camera yet. This is an awesome group and feel privileged to be a part of it...lots of talented ladies in this can check them out under usaprim on ebay.  

Well guess I better close and head for bed. Got a busy week of work ahead but hope to take a road trip on Thursday to check out First Monday in Canton, TX. Have a great week and do something kind for a stranger. Tis the season of giving...


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day.  Enjoy the day with family and friends. Say a prayer for those who are not able to be with family on this day that God will keep them safe.


Friday, November 18, 2011

It's Friday!!!

Well, I had a good week.  Worked on Monday and then played the rest of the week.  Tuesday,  I met Ginger at our booth in the antique mall and we got it ready for the holiday season.

 I have been working on some Christmas things, but keep forgetting to take pictures of them.
I did remember to take a picture of this small white feather tree I made out of white wool. I made 10 of them and think they turned out really cute.  Will be working on some other items this weekend and will try to remember to take pictures.

Ginger and I have decided to offer some of our handmade primitives on a new blog, Prairie Moon Primitives.  We hope to have some things listed early next week so be sure and check it out.

Emma and I hung out together on Wednesday and Thursday.  The weather has turned cold again and we couldn't go outside.  So we played inside.  She entertained me with her musical talents on the xylophone.
She read her Thanksgiving book and told me all about the turkey and pilgrims in her own language.
And instead of playing the drum she decided to wear it on her head.  She was pushing her nose against the side and fogging it up with her breath.  Such a silly girl!!
One her favorite things to do is kiss the pictures on the wall. First, she gives her picture a kiss and then she moves down the wall to Uncle Nick, Momma and Auntie Ellena.  She does this about 3 times and then gets down to play.

Well, that's about all I have to post for now.  Heading into the sewing room to be creative.
Have a good weekend!!!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giveaway Winner is......

Gayle from Utah!!!!! Congratulations, Gayle!  You can email me at with your mailing information. Thanks to everyone who left comments on the giveaway post.  I appreciate all of you taking the time to leave a comment.
Creative Market, Nov 11 & 12
Friday and Saturday were busy with the craft festival that I did with Ginger.  We set up on Thursday evening.  The ladies of the church, where the show was being held, had made stew and cornbread for anyone that wanted to eat after setting up.  Well, of course, Ginger and I couldn't pass up stew and cornbread. It was sure good and we found out later it was just a sampling of what they would have the next two days.

First day

  Our friend, Sandra, came out to help us at the festival.  Thursday turned out to be kind of a slow day, but we enjoyed each others company and getting to sit and visit.  I think Sandra did get some of her Christmas shopping done throughout the day.  Now, back to the food.  On Friday, I arrived about 8am to do some finishing on the booth.  Jeff brought me since I was leaving at 5pm to attend the induction ceremony into the Alpha Pi Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for our daughter, Ashlee. Breakfast was homemade biscuits and sausage gravy or homemade cinnamon rolls.  We settled on the biscuits and gravy since the cinnamon rolls were not finished baking yet, but they sure did smell good.   Lunch was Indian tacos and three kinds of homemade pies..coconut, chocolate and pecan. We were so full from the tacos, there was no room for pie just yet. I did get a piece of coconut to go the share with Jeff later in the evening.  About 2pm, Ginger went to get some tea and they had just finished making fried pies.  Well, couldn't pass those up..they were still hot.  Apricot or lemon...I got favorite.  They were DEEELICIOUS!!!!!!  So we all left that evening definitely full, in fact, almost miserable because none of us usually eat that much food in one day.
Our daughter, Ashlee,decided last fall to go back to school to become a registered dietician. We are so very proud of her as she is also raising our beautiful granddaughter, Emma. She has worked very hard this past year and was accepted into the program starting in January.  She has maintained a 3.8 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Pi Nu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Friday evening. Jeff, me and Emma attended the ceremony.

Saturday was quite a bit busier and the day went by pretty fast.  Ginger and I, however, did not eat as much food on Saturday.  We were still full from Friday((-:   We had a great time at the craft festival and hope to do it again next year.

Have a great week and give a smile to a stranger. It just might make their day.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rughooking Day!!

Yes, today was our monthly rughooking get-together at Country Collections in Moore, OK.  We meet the second Tuesday of every month to work on hooked rugs, stitcheries, wool appliques, or just whatever we feel like doing. 
L to R: Sandra,Laura,Kay,Gail,Ginger
Part of the group above. Several of the ladies did not make it today, but we still have a good time talking and laughing with each other.

Sandra with her finished rug. Simply beautiful!!!!
Laura's rug. Awesome two-color rug!
Small mats finished by Laura
Mats and black pumpkin finished by Kay
Gail is a quilter and came to visit with us today. She was ready to start sewing on the binding. Enjoyed her visit to our group today.
Gail's quilt
And this little mat was started and finished by Ginger today. She arrived with no loops pulled on the snowman and left with a finished hooked project ready for the binding.
Snow/Jack pattern by Wendy Miller/The Red Saltbox
We did have another earthquake last night around 8:30pm but so far none today. It measured a 4.7 but didn't seem to last as long as the other two. Hope all this shaking slows down soon.

As usual, some Emma pics from last weekend.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. She is such a sweet little girl and so much fun.
Gigi (my Mom) and Emma at Eli's birthday party
Eli's 1st birthday (my great nephew)

Wearing Poppy's hat
Enjoying the warm sunshine on Sunday
Well, guess I better get back to getting some things finished for the craft show on Friday.

Before I go, let me tell you about another giveaway to check out. My AAPG friend, Kelley, is having a giveaway for her 500th post.  Click here and it will take you to her blog. She is an awesome lady and does beautiful hooked rugs, quilts and cross stitch.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Was that the house shaking?


Well, I never thought about being in an earthquake and surely, never thought one would happen in Oklahoma. But early Saturday morning, around 2:15am, I experienced one.  I have a craft show this weekend, Nov 11 and 12, so I was finishing up some projects when it happened.  It sounded like the wind had started blowing really, really hard. The roof was creaking and then the windows started rattling. The dishes in the cabinet were rattling when I went to see what  was happening outside. I thought a storm was coming.  Didn't last very long and when I tried to wake up Jeff, he just rolled over.  Told him I thought we had just had an earthquake. He looked up and said ok and went back to sleep. Had the TV on, but nothing on about it. Such a spooky feeling, I couldn't go to sleep so stayed up until about 4am. Did get a lot done, though ((-:

Saturday night about 11pm it happened again, only this time I knew what it was.  When it started Jeff looked at me with a puzzled look.  I told him it was another earthquake. This one lasted longer than the first one. Anyway, it was a scary feeling to feel the house shake and things rattle and move. 

Today, we have been under a tornado watch.  There was some tornadoes in southwest Oklahoma this afternoon that did damage some homes and businesses. Didn't hear about any injuries so hopefully everyone was in their hidey holes during the storms.  Never know what might happen here in Oklahoma.

Be sure and sign up for my giveaway. You can read about it in my previous post.  Drawing will be on Sunday, November 13. 

Enjoy the week ahead!


Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Giveaway Time!!!!!

 Well, I finally reached post 100 last Wednesday. Yaaaay!!!!! So I am going to do a giveaway to those who follow and read my blog.  The picture above are the goodies you will receive from me if you are the winner.  They are all handmade by me.  Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered in the giveaway.  I will draw a name on Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Today was my day off from work and I spent it with Ashlee and Emma. We went shopping for a birthday present for my great nephew, Eli, who is turning one.  Emma enjoyed looking at all the toys and pushing the buttons on the ones that made noise. We came home with a toy camera that teaches counting and says "Cheese" when you push the button. Also bought him a couple of warm outfits for the winter.

So plans for this weekend are to celebrate Eli's first birthday on Saturday.  The rest of the weekend is getting stuff ready for a craft show next Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12.  My friend, Ginger, and I signed up to do this craft show during the summer, but I seem to always wait until the last minute to get things done.  Guess I work better when facing a deadline.

The weather here in Oklahoma City turned cold on Wednesday.  We had our first freeze in Oklahoma City last night so it's about time for those winter coats to come out of the closet.  Emma arrived at the house with her new winter coat.  She found these Halloween glasses and had to try them on.  Such a funny little girl!!!

Hope everyone has a weekend full of fun and family.  Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can 'cause soon it will be too cold to be outside.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to enter my giveaway.  If you're new to my blog be sure to sign up to follow me and leave a comment to be entered.  Good luck to everyone!!!!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Last Week's Travels

 Well, I really mean to post more often than I do, but it just doesn't seem to happen. So here is what I have been doing this past week or so.

Jeffrey had a business meeting in McAlester, OK on Thursday morning, so I suggested we take a road trip and see the fall foliage between Talihina, OK and Mena, AR.   So we headed out Thursday morning for another road trip.  It started raining as soon as we hit the highway and rained the whole way to McAlester.  We ate at the Whistlestop Bistro in the old part of McAlester. Delicious sandwiches and soup are served there.  Across the street was an antique store and I just had to make a quick walk thru it.  I came out with a 2-ft paper mache St. Nick and a box full of old quilt blocks for $10.  We headed down the road to Talihina with the rain. I think the rain clouds  were following us, but I guess it was ok 'cause we surely need the rain.

As we drove into Talihina, I saw a sign for an old fashion soda fountain and suggested we stop and check it out.

After a plate of french fries, a hot fudge sundae and a raspberry flavored soda float, we headed back to the car.  It  was 4:30 and still raining so we decided to stay in Talihina for the night.  The drive thru the mountains would be better seen with the sun shining and the weather man said the rain would be gone on Friday. 
Hootie Creek House Bed & Breakfast
I had also noticed a sign for a bed and breakfast as we were driving, so we decided that we would find it and see if they had a room available.  It was just around the corner from the soda fountain. Hootie Creek House Bed & Breakfast   is an old hotel building that was purchased by Essex and Carolyn Webb. She did have a room available, so we checked in and decided we would let our ice cream settle before thinking about supper. About 7:30pm we decided to find somewhere to eat for supper.  This being a small town we were hoping something would be open late.  Carolyn recommended a place called "Pam's Hateful Hussy" that stayed open until 9pm.
A strange name for an eating establishment but not much else to choose from.  I had chicken fried steak, salad, and baked potato.  Jeffrey saw fried chicken livers on the menu and just had to have them. The food was delicious!  We left stuffed and ready to retire for the evening.

Carolyn had the place decorated for Halloween and I couldn't resist taking some pictures.

Got up the next morning to a wonderful breakfast prepared by Carolyn. Essex gave us a tour of the rest of the building that they were working on. It was a wonderful place to stay and I would recommend it highly.  We left around 10am to start our drive across the Ouachita Mountains.The sun was shining and it was going to be a beautiful drive. We drove thru clouds as we got higher up into the mountains.  The trees had started changing colors, but I think there will be more color in the next few weeks.  

It was a nice, relaxing drive, and we were glad we waited until Friday. There was not much traffic and so we took our time and stopped at several of the turnouts to look out across the valleys.   We arrived in Mena, AR about 2pm.  We checked out a couple of antique stores. I found an old fruit box, an old crock, and an old cabinet door panel.  We headed back to Oklahoma on a different highway which turned out to be just as scenic.  We arrived back in Talihina about 5:30pm and ate at Pam's again.  This time we had old-fashioned hamburgers and the best homemade coconut pie I have had in a long time. So this was another get-away road trip we took in October.

And now for some Emma pics....
Thinking about getting into the sprinkler again
Breakfast at Nanna & Poppy's
Sitting with the pumpkins
Emma carrying her jack-o-lantern
Riding in her carriage
She was Princess Belle from Disney
And here is a picture of my grandsons in Puerto Rico....
Andres is Boba Fett & Carlos is Thomas the Tank Engine
Well, I see that this is my 100th post. Wow, can't believe I have written that much.  So my next post will be a giveaway to celebrate.  I will post on Friday so be sure and come back and enter. I will let you know then what I am planning to give away.  

Hope you are having a good week. I am looking forward to the weekend.