Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Last Supper

Last night was the 'last' night at Connie's Diner. So we had to go and have a wildly unhealthy dinner just for old times sake. I have had countless orders of French Fries and Ranch Dressing, at this diner, in my lifetime. Dates, After a day at the beach, after a day of skiing, after school, after Christmas shopping, almost any occasion called for a quick order of fries and ranch at Connies. The end of an era as they say...
I took my little family to celebrate and to say Goodbye.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Anthony Hamilton

You have got to love this guy...He is soooo good.

Thought for a day

"Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you.
You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
It is not dependent on some other body, some other external form."
~Eckhart Tolle

Arnie's Boots


I took this picture of my Brother-in-law's cowboy boots and put them on a black mug for Christmas.
I kind of liked it.
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Saturday, January 27, 2007


Sunny beautiful day today. I must make Emmy go outside for awhile. She could go for a short snow shoe with me, or just a walk. It is Saturday and we are both in our jammies and it is 11 am. We are slow movers on the weekends. But we usually pull it together and do something fun... last weekend we went to 'Stichin' Sisters' and Emmy bought some pretty wool yarn and some new knitting needles so she could make a new hat.

The kids all went to see Dream Girls last night, they brought back a great report..I will have to go to see for myself.

Tonight we are all going to the Banf Film Festival, I actually love going. the films are very exciting and usually moving in some way. There are three nights of films, we will just go to one since they sold out pretty fast.

I am waiting for my new book from Amazon to arrive so I can start reading it for our book club. the book is The Painted Drum. Book club is usually fun, good food, good wine and sometimes some lively conversation...Especially when someone does not like the book.

The girls are fighting over the game Mad Gabs game, Cheating is really what they are doing. While they watch videos from the Movie Step Up, another teen dance movie that is watched over and over at our house.

Well, it is time for me to play my part in the dance video, I need to find my hair brush microphone and start shakin' my 'groove thing'

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Hey, I finally made some more bracelets this weekend. Not too many, but I had to make some for the Swap.
Here they are.

“By the accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love and kindness he may rule the world forever.”
~Lao Tsu - Chinese Philosopher
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thought for a day

"Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now; you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality."

wayne dyer

"There's nothing like turning on the radio and listening to the high-speed chase that you're leading police on!"

danny bonaduce


I sometime wonder how much information should be entered on a blog. I mean mine especially. How much do I want people to know about me?
I could write down my feelings and philosophical ideas. There are two sides to me. But what if I write down how I feel about the world, the things that mean a lot to me, my thoughts on spirituality and then someone I know reads it and says..."My God, what is she doing??? Why isn't she telling them that she loves to watch 'Breaking Bonaduce', 'Gene Simmon's Family Jewels' and American Idol...

OK, I do love those TV shows, I can not explain why Danny Bonaduce, his addictions and his bacon wrapped dog or Gene Simmons, and his wife are so intriguingto me. I have to admit that I like to catch up once in awhile with the boys on Jack Ass, I know, I know, it makes no sense.
But I also love Sherman Alexie, Marriane Williamson, Truman Capote, T.C. Boyle and Keith Lee Morris. Acutally there are many authors that I love. Reading is something that I really enjoy, but there are those days when I need to escape, to see if Danny is going to head but the cameraman, or if he is really becoming a christian...

I always say that I am 1/2 my father and 1/2 my mother, and if you knew either of them you would totally understand what I mean.
So, maybe I will start to divulge a little more about myself. Don't expect too much too soon though.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tam O'Shanter

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Another landmark that may soon be gone.

OH MY GOD, Clean this up!!!


This is the area where we have our dark room, craft room. My desk is really messy.. that is bad, very bad!
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Snowy day for a mouse


This little guy was burrowing his way through the snow. I saw him when I was out snow shoeing in the field.
I felt so sorry for him, alone in the snow.
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Spam email

This is an email I received today.

"the pimp needed to dance, so conformists should never self-destruct and could do party tricks.
Furthermore, a mortician hesitates, and a grain of sand is a big fan of the bartender toward the senator. A crank case toward a hockey player feverishly throws a mating ritual at some cheese wheel."

My Neighbor


Meet my neighbor.
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

St. Joseph's in the snow


This is where my Grandmother, my mom, me and my daughter all had our first communion. The plan is to tear it down and turn the whole block into Condos.
This town in which I live has been invaded by devolpers, and people wanting to make it big in real estate. Everything that meant something is slowly going away.
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Snow Geese


These guys were walking down by the lake as the snow fell.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tea Brick

The Tea Block that I have. This is how they used to transport tea. You can just scrape off what you need for your cup of tea. I have never done that, the brick is too pretty to use.

swap stuff

Here are some of the wine glass charms I am making for a swap. Hopefully they won't be seen before I send them.

Sometimes winter is so pretty.

Looking down at the Lake..I live in a beautiful area.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

weekend and good music coming click here

I did take some pictures of my tea brick, but I forgot my camera today.
I have signed up for a swap which looks like it might be fun, I have never done that.
Now that gives me an excuse to slow down on the other things going on in my life and concentrate on making some items. I can't wait.

This weekend we went to the new wine bar here, Dolce, and it was very nice. They had 3oo+ varieties of wine and really good appetizers. So we sat there for awhile and then headed down to the Coldwater Creek wine bar and had a glass of wine there, Ok maybe two. The new building is nice and is right downtown looking down on 1st street.
Maybe the next type of party that Risa has should be a wine party.!! that would be really fun.

Also Ruthie Foster will be playing at DiLuna's
sometime soon. Try her website and listen to a little sample I think you will really like it. If I knew how to highlight her name and take you directly there I would. But you just have to click on the web site posted on this post.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Monday 2/15/06

Thank you so much Risa for the tea party. It was really fun, as soon as I have some time I will put up some pictures of my collection of tea pots, tea cups and tea bricks.

What a fun way to meet and see other people. Thanks so much.

Now it is Monday, and back to work!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tea Party-bubble tea

I have a great collection of tea pots and tea cups. I love vintage tea and saucer sets. I guess my favorite tea pot is the one that looks like Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz. I also have one that looks like Dorothy.
I love buying all the different types of teas and testing them out. I do have to admit, I make iced tea out of all of them. I love iced tea, even when it is -2 degrees, like it is this morning...YIKES!
Here is a recipe that I found for Bubble Tea. I keep hearing everyone talk about it. I am not sure that I would like anything with Tapioca in it!!

The beauty of Bubble Tea is the versatility of this drink. Please play with the recipes and come up with your own creations. You can substitute milk, cream, half n half, sweetened and condensed milk, and the like instead of non dairy creamer. This way you can see how creamy, thick or strong the differences are and what you prefer. You can use tea or water for the powder drinks. You can blend your drink with ice and make a smoothie. Play with the sugar syrup recipe or use a pre-made syrup like fructose or simple Hawaiian cane sugar. The only limit to this drink is our own imaginations. If you come up with something spectacular and want to share it, please email us and we will post it on our site. Good luck and enjoy!

How to cook Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea:
1 cup Tapioca Pearls (Bubble Tea Supply of course)6-8 cups water
Approximately 6-10 servings
The ratio should be a minimum of 7:1, water to tapioca pearls.
Boil water in a large pot.
Add in the tapioca pearls to boiling water.
The tapioca pearls should float in the water.
Boil for about 25 minutes depending on the tapioca pearl with the cover on.
Turn the heat off and let the tapioca sit in the water for 25 minutes.
Rinse the cooked tapioca pearls in warm water and drain out the water.
Cover with bubble tea sugar syrup or brown sugar and serve.
Note: This is for those that want to make Bubble Tea at home and don't want to wait an hour. What I do is boil the tapioca pearls for 20 minutes and let it sit for 15 minutes. I rinse the tapioca pearls and then place in a container in the refrigerator. When I get the urge, I boil a cup of water and put some refrigerated tapioca pearls in for about 3-5 minutes. Rinse, cover in sugar syrup and serve. It usually lasts a few days before it gets too mushy. Enjoy!
*This is not recommended for bubble tea shops.

How to cook Bubble Tea Sugar Syrup:
1 cup white sugar1 cup brown sugar2 cups water
Approximately 32-35 sixteen ounce servings
Mix sugar and water in a large pot.
Cook at medium to high heat.
Once the mixture boils remove from stove immediately.
Let cool and serve.
*Refrigerate any excess

no computer.

My computer has been down and now I found out that the hard drive is ruined. I lost all my pictures, personal emails, music.

That is really going to be hard to replace.

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Year

Friday, five days into the new year. So far there have only been a few bumps a long way. Felt completely out of control one day and then fine the next..Said things that maybe I should have said in a better way, learned some things about myself and about people close to me.
I hope that this year will be a year of growing, learning and creating a healthy environment for me and for my family. I hope that I can be better at letting people know what I need and how I feel, instead of holding it all in. That I can conquer the fears that hold me back, that I will take more risks, and realize that Yes, you really only have one life and you better take advantage of every single minute.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Had a Bad Day

Yesterday was the worst day. I think I cried most of the day. My daughter got home from school and she was in a blue mood too. She said that she just wanted to cry. I wonder why some days are worse than others. What is it that causes us to feel so sad certain times when the day really isn't that different then the one before.

Could it have been the full moon? The rain that has not let up for the last 3 days, the grey color of outdoors or the first day back to school after the Holdiays?
I really was barely able to function all day. I went through the motions, but couldn't wait to go home and take a hot bath and go to bed.

I feel a lot better today, I go to bed early and slept great. Maybe that is just what I needed. I have swithced up on my depression medicine, that could be side affects as I get used to it.

Anyway, I hope today goes better than yesterday!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Book's into clocks

This is the clock I made from a book that came in one of the 3 boxes I purchased for $2.00. There were some very cool books in the lot.
I have lots of other ideas, but some of the books are so old and cool, it will be hard to alter them.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Poem for the young mom in all of us

you shave your legs

you cut your hair
you wax your lip
but you still aren't there

you pierce your ears
and then your navel
there are other places
but you just aren't able

you can't find your keys
where are your glasses
is that all you get
as the time passes

you're not ready for purple
the red hat is a sin
you've got to be kidding
is that a third chin

you accept the wrinkle
put the bronzer away
you look at your daughter
today is her day

Denise Marley