Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Decorations ( dining and living rooms)

I've been excited to show you the Christmas decorations and Finally,   I have a chance to sit down and upload photos and catch up on some blogging.
Warning:  Photo overload.

Oh and guess what?
It's finally snowing in Baltimore. 

I'll start with the dining room because I am in love with these adorable plates that I found at Target.
They were perfect for the Outdoor Christmas theme and with them,  I didn't have to overdo the décor on the table.

The table centerpiece is just a cute little pine tree that I also found at Target.  I know that I say this every year,  but this year it really is perfect.  : )

Aren't they cute!!   

I put the artificial tree in the same corner that I always do.
It just works there.
I have always loved having a tree in the dining room.
It's my favorite time to serve a meal there.

Harry has joined in the festive fun also.
If you remember,  Harry belonged to my late father.  He caught him in the late 80's with a bow and arrow - it was his prized hunt.
Now,  I'm not a fan of sport hunting, but I do love having Harry around because it's a piece of my dad.

The shelves are filled with random things that I love. 
Jars filled with trees, snow, deer.. 
there's even a little bear in a salt shaker.   
It's all mixed with woodland animals and the holly hobby dolls that my mother in law gave to me.
Michelle says that it's like an "eye spy"

It's definitely fun to look at.

Paul surprised me with this little truck last week.
We could have all of the money in the world and it would still be the little unexpected gifts like this that would warm my heart.
He even bought a tree to stick in the back.

Moving into the living room..
I love the view from this seat where I can enjoy the ambiance of both trees.

There are just simple touches of Christmas in here.
We put the real tree in the safest place that we could to avoid "dog traffic"..     I actually really like it here in front of the staircase.

Of course,  this was pre- puppy.
Now there are barricades, blankets, gates and puppy pee stations. 

The Angel Cow is making her 28th appearance of the star of our tree.

And here is my favorite Decoration. 
The Nativity made by Sally ( and mom) in 2nd grade. 

I hope that you enjoyed the tour of the Living and Dining rooms.
I'm feeling very Christmassy today.. 
I think I might spend this snowy morning making a paper chain for the living room tree.

I can't wait to see what you all have been up to.
Sorry I've been slacking lately.
I'll catch up,  I promise!  : )

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Charlotte Gertrude

Wondering why I haven't updated ...
because I've been chasing this one around!!!

Meet Charlotte,  the rare colored Boston terrier that has been turning our house upside down.

(Literally..  the Christmas was knocked down today when I tried to catch her when she ran behind it to poop.  She won and it ended with a tumbled tree and a pile of pooh on my tree skirt.  )

She's adorable, right.

It's a good thing.
Because she is bad!!!

She even looks bad. 

As bad as she is..  I'm totally in love with the little stinker.

And although she is fast to run around and chew up EVERYTHING
(Including Stanley's tail )
Stanley already loves her too.
Since they are only about 10 months apart,  I'm thinking that they will be best pals for a long time. 

This little creature is definitely giving us a run.
We are working on potty training and decided to use a puppy litterbox lined with those pee pads and  
It's actually working out very good.

well,  besides today's Christmas tree incident. 

Right now..  I am enjoying my beautiful girl while she sleeps.
My favorite time. 

I am going to work on some more blog posts while she is still sleeping.  I can't wait to show you all the Christmas decorations
( before they are completely destroyed)

Hope that you all are having a great start to December.

Wish me luck and patience.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving week

Hi Friends.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I can't believe that it's over and that we are into the Christmas season already.  I'm just about finished with the decorating and almost ready to move on the calender/planning stage of December.
It's gonna be a fun and busy month.

But before we talk Christmas, 
let me rewind a bit and cover these final days of November.

Here's what's been happening...

Remember that big Snowman paint party that I was apprehensive about teaching..
well, it went fantastic!!
55 painters and everyone left with a wonderful piece.
Although it was a lot of fun, 
It was a huge sigh of relief once it was over.

I went for a hair trim and got a hair cut.

This photo above looks like a drunken mugshot..
cracks me up. 
  To my defense, it was pre-coffee.

And pre-make up.

We celebrated this little cutie's 1st Birthday.

On the eve before Thanksgiving,
Paul and I quietly celebrated the 28th anniversary of our first date.
28 years ...  I still can't believe that.

Thanksgiving came with much to be thankful for.

Good food, great company and a lot of laughing, 
was how we spent the day.

And once the dishes were cleaned,  the turkeys were packed up and it was time for me to dig out the Christmas decorations. 

...  and since then, 
I've been adding Christmas cheer like Santa on crack. 

I'll be back soon with some festive photos.

I'm excited to show you all how pretty things are looking.

Wishing you all a great week.
See you soon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Birthday, A Memory, Books, Boston's and some Shade

Happy week before Thanksgiving!   Are you ready?    Although I haven't purchased the groceries needed,  nor have I worked out the time or menu...  I am ready. :  )    Over the years our gatherings have gotten smaller and smaller,  so it's pretty simple. 

On Tuesday the 14th our youngest daughter Sally turned 19.  She is very edgy, funky, kind and beautiful and quite honestly one of the sweetest people that you would ever meet.  The world needs more Sally's! 

For her birthday I made her this awesome chocolate and cheesecake layered cake.   
It's no wonder I went up 3.2 lbs when I weighed in at weight watchers this week.   ughhh.  

On the 14th I also spent the day remembering my dad who has been gone for 25 years that day.    Most of you know,  I lost my both of my parents way too soon.  My dad was just my age (45) when he died.   This year he would have been 70 ... still young enough to be seated at our Thanksgiving table. 
Although I always miss them, the holiday season really makes me reflect on years passed and makes me miss the family who raised me even more. 

You know who else I miss...   My little boo Darla!    Why is it that I seem to find more "Darla" stuff in the stores now?   Look at this adorable coffee mug that I got the other day.    Darla driving my favorite Red truck...   I squealed with delight when I saw it!

Oh,  and I gotta tell you,  Coffee tastes so much better in this mug.

And that brings me to this little girl.  She's growing!!!   We are picking her up on the first week of December - 16 more days to be exact.    I can not wait to get my hands on her..   she's already claimed my heart and we haven't even met yet.  : )


To pass the time,  when I'm not working on projects or parties,  I've been nose deep in this book.   I finished it last week and I loved it.
I will tell you that at first,  I wasn't crazy about the lead heroine but she grew on me as the story unfolded.    The older people however..  I LOVED!!!  Their bickering and tales had me laughing throughout the book.   

Next on my reading agenda is this one that was recommended by an Instagram friend.   I don't even know what it's about but I usually love Debbie Macomber's book's so I'm pretty sure this one won't disappoint. 

Lastly..  I will leave you with this photo that my cousin recently sent to me.  
That's right...   That's me sometime in the early 70's.
Every time I look at that silly face I smile,
Seems that nothing has really changed.
I am still exactly the same..  only I'm allowed to cuss now.

Have a great weekend everyone.  
See you soon.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Do you want to paint a snowman... : )

Good Morning and Happy Monday.   I couldn't sleep again so I figured that it would be a great time to update my blog.   My house is in complete seasonal chaos.   Thanksgiving, Christmas, and there are even still a few Halloween leftovers lurking around.  This transitional time is always difficult and fun for me...  I get filled with a crazy Christmas decorating anticipation ~  and this year,  I feel like its worse.   I believe it's a combination of things,  the cold weather, the 24 hours of nonstop Christmas movies on Hallmark that I have already burned my family out on,  Christmas music playing in my car and in the stores....   
Falalalala.   I'm so excited!!

So yes,  my sunporch is filled with countless boxes of decorations just waiting for me to dig out.   Besides the porch,  I will wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put it up. 

Another thing that has gotten me in the festive spirit is this snowman painting that I've been working on.   Friday was the first snowman paint party of the season and the painters did an amazing job.   I was relieved since they were my practice group ~   I have 2 more snowman parties coming up and the one this weekend is for 50+ people.  Yikes.   : )   I'm anxious to see how they all do. 

"Do you want to Paint a snowman?"

My seasonal transition gift to you are the snowman painting instructions.   He's actually quite easy and you only need a few colors and supplies.

Paint colors:
black.  white.  red. green. orange

1 square'ish  sponge brush
1 round sponge brush
1 med sized paint brush
1 black sharpie marker to cheat and do the outlining
and something to paint on

This is one of the finished snowman from last weeks party ..
Cute right!!!!!

Wishing you all a great week.
If you get creative... but sure to show me.  : )
Happy painting.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Halloween and some exciting news

Happy November friends!

I am really falling behind on everything. 

Although the season and Halloween were truly awesome,  I think that I overdid it over the past few weeks.   Just a few days before Halloween it caught up to me and I was bitten by some kind of flu bug and knocked on my behind for a few days.  

As of today,  I am feeling much better and just trying to get things back in order. 

This is my beautiful princess on Halloween.  It's funny,  my girls are very much the same as they were as tiny littles.   Michelle was always very feminine and lived in her Disney dresses.  I used to have to bribe her just to wash her peasant Belle dress.   Nowadays you will still find her wearing ordinary clothes that resemble her favorite Disney dresses. 

And my beautiful super hero Sally was obsessed with Spiderman from the time that she could talk.   Spiderman everything.  I even painted a large spider man on the back of her door when she was little.    After wearing the same one piece spiderman costume 3 Halloweens in a row,  at some point I had to hide the extremely too small costume that she loved.  ( I think I still have it in my attic)  

Since everyone's schedules are different it's rare that we are all home at the same time anymore.  It's very hard to plan anything.
Halloween was no different,  when michelle was due to come home from work,  sally was leaving...
And I really wanted a picture of my girls together!!!

So I had my friend exercise some of his amazing photo shop skills on my girls so that we can pretend.  : )

Halloween evening was one of my best since the girls were little.
Paul and I just hung out on the front porch eating and laughing
( or in my case... coughing)
It was very calm and the perfect ending to October.

I hope that you all had a great Halloween season also!

Now it's time to start thinking about thanksgiving.


I've got big news to share with you.
I am so excited that I can't do much of anything without thinking about it. 

At the end of the month I will be mom to a baby Boston Terrier!!!

Here she is ( the lighter shade brown) in the video below.. 

isn't she the most adorable thing!!!!

These past 3 months without Darla have been tough.  I have missed her more than I can ever express and I have soooo much Darla love to give to this little girl.   I literally cry every time I see her and I am in love with her already.

Hopefully our big boys will love her too.  : )

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

I am going to spend the weekend catching up on blogs. books and cleaning.  I will see you all soon!

Friday, October 27, 2017

ghouls night

Hi Friends. 
It's the last weekend of October and I had to slow down and visit my blog buddies!!! I have missed you all!

It's been a crazy two weeks preparing for the Halloween party and I'm actually happy to tell you that it's over!!!  : )  Sheeesh.
Although there was some confusion ( mostly on my part) on the type of party this was supposed to be,  my first impression was that it was an actual Halloween party for clientele and then it turned out to be a Ghoul's night Boo-tox party where there were big discounts on face peels and injectables.   Didn't matter to me,  I was having fun and getting paid the same either way.  : )

I went earlier this week to do some pre decorating.  You'll recognize most of the décor,  since I stole it from my house!

I made so many goodies this week that I don't even want to look at my stove right now.     The cauldron cupcakes were a boxed chocolate mix with homemade rum buttercream frosting.  
I only half cheated.
I also made almond shortbread fingers and toes,   chocolate covered cherry mice,  cookies and cream parfait and some chocolate pretzel broomsticks.

This is the crew that makes Dr Horowitz practice such a special place.   Although the Doctor makes a good Dr Evil,  he's actually very handsome in real life. 

I made this green vodka/ melon punch that I saw online. 
I am terrible at making drinks and this one just reiterated it.
But I must say that the raspberry syrup filled syringes redeemed it just a bit.

This is Michelle, the office manager who hired me for this fun job.
Do you know who she is dressed up as?

She's this chick from 2 Broke Girls!

What would a Halloween party at a Plastic surgeon's office be without a game of bobbing for boobies.
( messed up but funny)

The party went very well and everyone loved the decorations and sweets.  I even landed 2 more jobs.

As fun as it was,  it was exhausting and I am super happy to be finished.  

Behind the scenes

Oh...  the things that happened to Skelly this week. 
I'm going to have to send him to church on Sunday.

Oh,  and I forgot to tell you...
In the midst of party planning I decided to redo my kitchen.

I'll be back to show you the fresh new look.

Have a wonderful spooky weekend.
I am heading to a haunted attraction with my girls.