Thursday, November 28, 2013

...HE'S BACK!!!

Guess who arrived on Wednesday
(to help me celebrate my B-day...)
onto Victory?!!


(Just a *Heads-Up* if you are so inclined: WALGREEN has a promo code TURKEY8x10 for a FREE 8x10 print - good until Saturday!!)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

...want to feel like a teen again?

Tues.morning we watched the weather diligently...
They were predicting a 'HUGE' storm to hit,
I had a list a mile long of things I needed to do (before the storm and the Holiday)!
Finally, we decided it was clear until afternoon,
so off I went to work for a few hours and then
with 'To-Do' list in hand...
(A little background info: We live 18.9 miles from where I work  = 1/2 hour of all back road travel... basically 1 gas station at the half way mark.)
Anyways, about 10 minutes from the house the LOW FUEL light comes on ((oops!))
No biggie... (not feeling like a teen yet) plenty of gas to get to the gas station...
Except, when I get to the gas station, I realize I had left my purse at home... 
Now, there is a teenage feeling of deja vu as I'm scrambling through the glovebox, center console, etc. and finally come up with $10. (this photo is AFTER I put in the gas!!).
The Ladies at my bank were REALLY sweet though, and only harassed me 'slightly', as they gave me my withdrawal even though I didn't know my account # and they had to look it up... THANK HEAVENS for small towns ;-)!
...and what are YOU thankful for?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

...catch you on the flipped side!

Is this better?
I guess I was truly showing just how
'out of my realm of comfort' I was
by straying to the 'Linen Section' of
I think I liked the flipped-side (wrong?) up better.

Monday, November 18, 2013

...LIFE according to the THRIFTS!

According to the Thrifts, 'LIFE' is just a Big YO-YO
A Great. Big. Wrap yourself up in it. YO-YO!
 ...Or so the Thrifts explained to me this past week when I happened upon this 92" x 98" gem.  No backing ~ just the face.
Not my style.
 But I couldn't leave it sitting all lonely, and unappreciated on that Thrift store shelf.
 Why I happened down that aisle... (it's not my usual path) - must have been fate.
 I don't know it's age.
I don't know it's history.
I don't know fabrics.
I just know that
I am proud to be
 the temporary guardian
 of something that has had this much time and love put into it.

Friday, November 15, 2013


Last week J insisted I get upgraded from my old stone-age phone, and now I have my very own 'Peep' ~ SIRI !!  She's WONDERFUL!!    In testing her capabilities, she did the OLD EL PASO drawing for me - Are you impressed that I was able to figure out how to do that????  Don't be.  I just tell her what to do, and she does ALL the work!  
And our #4 Commenter was MISS HEIDI - CONGRATS!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

...'Zen Motivation'

Here in our beloved NE,
The days are getting...
and shorter!
and Life in general just tends to become 'a bit grey'.
  These words REALLY struck home with me today
(~ in more areas of my life than one~)
...and I!!
(...just a photo I took a while back that I liked ~ 'Cause ALL Blog-Posts 'NEED' a photo!!)

Self-Discipline in 5 Sentences

By Leo Babauta
-Have a powerful reason — when things get difficult, “because it sounds nice” or “to look good” aren’t going to cut it.
-Start tiny, with a simple but unbreakable promise to yourself to do one small thing every single day.
-Watch your urges, and learn not to act on childish whims.
-Listen to your self-rationalizations, and don’t believe their lying ways.
-Enjoy the habit, or you won’t stay with it longer than a week’s worth of sunrises.
That's all.  Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

...FEAST ~or~ FIESTA ??

Woke up this morning to a HEAVY white frost on Everything!
November IS here.
There is no more denying it...  our BEAUTIFUL Fall is almost out of grasp and Winter just around the corner.
It made me 'finally' start thinking about 'Holiday' preparations!
Do you realize that we are just a bit over two weeks away from Thanksgiving?!?!?
(If you note a bit of panic, you would be correct!)

The FRANTIC Race begins...

(To calm myself a bit, I went on a trip down memory lane - to a Happy Journey to Bermuda, J & I took a couple of years ago. That is when all of these photos were taken ('cause who wants to look at photos of Frost and dead trees?!)

  I never have been much of a fan of the old Turkey meal, and much more of a Fiesta Lover ~ so, this was right up my alley ;-)

You? What is your preference?
Feast or Fiesta?

OLD EL PASO GIVE-AWAY THAT I'M HOSTING!! (and you Don't have to prefer FIESTA over FEAST to win!!)
Back to this HOLIDAY THING... svelteSTUFFj ETSY shop is having a CLEARANCE SALE for it's Bloggy Buddies! 
Stuffs Gotta Go!!
Use Coupon Code: FIESTA for 50% off Anything in our shop until: 11-22-2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

...getting that Fall Groove Back & a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

vintage wooden cat
with mouse appetizer forks
found recently @ a Bazaar!!
 Seasonal weather / barometric changes always tend to wreak havoc with my migraines, and the past week has been a prime example!
I guess this made it twice as nice to have a BLOG SPARK package (Old El Paso Frozen Entrée) 'sitting in the wait' to be tested!!  I just sent J (husband) to the store with the coupon - told him to look in the freezer section... and HE did the rest - Cooked, Served, Cleaned up... HE even took the pictures for me to blog about this!!
  (**NOTE: As anyone who has read my blog for any length of time can attest, I don't normally do these Product Reviews, but General Mills is providing a Very Nice PRIZE PACK to one of my Lucky Readers, and We normally buy Old El Paso products ~ so I thought  "What the heck!")

We make home-made beef enchiladas on a regular basis, so J decided to give the SHREDDED BEEF a try.  Some of the other options were Chix Quesadillas, Steak Fajitas, Chix Enchiladas and Shredded Beef Burritos...

Simple cooking ~ Oven, Micro or a Combo of the two...
J did the 'combo micro/oven'
They were yummy, albeit a 'bit small' (or maybe we just make our homemade ones a 'bit large'?!)

So, in their PRIZE PACK they include a VIP Coupon for an Old El Paso Frozen Entrée, a cool Mexican tile Chip & Dip tray and a $10 Visa Gift card.
Their website has some awesome looking recipes.  I'm thinking that they will be fun to try in our new Tile Tray for Holiday Parties (the tray is HUGE!!)
Interested??  This is going to be a quickie!  By Friday 12pm leave  a comment with your favorite Mexican dish, drink or dessert (recipe??)  and a way for us to get in touch with you, if you are the Lucky winner.
"Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.:
Now, I will leave you with a few goodies from this past weekend of 'FALL Bazaar Hopping'....

VERA Xmas dish towel!! 2013 #22 ($1.50)

HAEGER VASE 2013 #4 ($2.75)
VERA ~ plain yellow?!! LARGE tablecloth & 3 napkins
2013 #23 ($3.00)

This particular Bazaar NEVER lets me down for their Amazing amounts of vintage jewelry @ .10¢ each!!!

This little 'dime' starfish inspired me to play with some of my recently found seaglass, and start thinking of ways to 'wire-wrap' the two together ~ hmmm.....

Don't forget to enter for the Prize Pack!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

...HAPPY! HAPPY! Fall 2013 !!!!!

...just doing a little 'late night web surfing', and came across this FALL FASHION 2013...
darien sport
"...turtlenecks sure are and they are making a huge comeback this season. The main reason for this is because you can easily layer with turtlenecks with other garments or even accessories. Chunky, statement jewelry pieces are still very popular for fall. Give your turtleneck sweater a little edge with a big, bold necklace."

Friday, November 1, 2013

...and a little 'sugar' on top

AHHH...   Dia de los Muertos .
(Kind of how my day is starting...)
 Aren't these GORGEOUS?!
Fancy gigantic sugar skulls from the Sugar Skull Fair in Metepec
Photo from
May have to be added to my 'LEARN-TO-DO Bucket List'
Now, as promised, a few of my 'goodies' from yesterday's Rummage sale...

EKCO/Flint Stainless Steel measuring set...
(3) Adorable ROOSTER /Brown Egg DENNIS KYTE plates

Vintage 'SINGER' sewing basket (even sweeter inside!!)

Some 'oldies, but goodies'

boxes are kinda beat, but the graphics were just
TOO cute to pass up for the price!

...and WHAT would a GOOD sale be without a 'little' bling?!